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Vincy is an illustrator & designer born & raised in Hong Kong. she received her art education in Parsons The New School for Design in New York in 2014. Her unique illustrations which are often quirky, bright & vibrant are inspired by the complexity of the big cities that she has lived in. She aspires to be a multidisciplinary artist & works in various mediums from traditional paper to ink to 3D objects. (Image credits: Galerie Steph)

In addition to her framed illustrations, Vincy also designed tote bags exclusive to SPRMRKT — one of a “confident bee-z-ness-man” as she describes and the other with quirky details of the shop such as streaky bacon and eggs done sunny side-up.

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These totes are still available for sale at SPRMRKT!

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Hanging in progress!

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So vibrant and cheery

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Attempt to capture the brilliance of these colours

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Everyone is Invited 2015
28.5 x 38 cm
ink on paper

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Everyone is Too Busy for You 2015
50 x 38.5 cm
ink on paper

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Untitled (Ants) 2015
38 x 29 cm
ink on paper

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www 2015
34 x 47 cm
acrylic and gouache on paper

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Untitled (Stamps) 2015
27 x 36.5 cm
acrylic and gouache on paper

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Neighbour 2015
30.5 x 38 cm
acrylic and gouache on paper

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Networking 2015
39 x 31 cm
acrylic and gouache on paper

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Untitled (Pool) 2015
38 x 43 cm
acrylic and gouache on paper

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Untitled (Cheese) 2015
25 x 39 cm
acrylic and gouache on paper

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Untitled (Sweater) 2015
31 x 38.5 cm
acrylic and gouache on paper

Shoutout to Galerie Steph for bringing it all together with usual flourish and congratulations to Vincy Cheung on her first solo exhibition — thank you for brightening up our walls with your cheerful illustrations!

Contributing writer: Hui Li

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Nocturna Creatures is multiple award-winning Malaysian artist, Khairul Azmir Shoib’s second solo exhibition in Singapore. Better known as Meme, Khairul is the artist and illustrator of two picture books — Kailash and TulipThe Dog That Ate Nightmares and this marks the finale of a series of three exhibitions focusing on children’s book illustrators by Magic Bird Publishing.

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The exhibition features 12 of his strange and alluring mixed media drawings comprised of ink, pencil, watercolour and even actual insect wings. These drawings on paper of fantastical fairy tale creatures have their roots in the spirits that roam nature and Khairul’s own imaginary childhood friends.

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Image credits: Galerie Steph

Khairul was born in 1975 in Perak, Malaysia. He has participated in various group exhibitions in institutions and galleries in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Among his past solo exhibitions are Fairieality (2006), Post Gothic Dreams (2009) and Let It All Rain Down From The Blood Stained Clouds (2014). He constantly strives to create visual poetry that record silent conversations between self and other. He takes his inspiration from fairy tales and children’s books, thereby imbuing his artworks with similar outlandish, mythical and macabre characters, visuals and narratives.

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 1, 2014, ink, colour pencil and pencil on paper, 42 x 28 cm

Nocturna 1 2014
Ink, colour pencil and pencil on paper
42 x 28 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 2, 2013, watercolour and pencil on paper, 27 x 38 cm

Nocturna 2 2013
Watercolour and pencil on paper
27 x 38 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 3, 2012, ink and watercolour on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 3 2012
Ink and watercolour on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 4, 2012, ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 4 2012
Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 5, 2014, ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 5 2014
Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 6, 2014, ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 6 2014
Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 7, 2013, colour pencil and ink on paper, 29 x 42 cm

Nocturna 7 2013
Colour pencil and ink on paper
29 x 42 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 8, 2014, watercolour, ink and colour pencil on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 8 2014
Watercolour, ink and colour pencil on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 9, 2014, colour pencil and ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 9 2014
Colour pencil and ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 10, 2014, ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 10 2014
Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Meme, Stray Sod, 2015, twigs, insect nest, insect wings, grass, dry flowers, beads, leaves, 20 x 30 cm MID

Nocturna 11 2015
Grass, insect wings, leaves, flowers, branches, plastic and pins on paper
29 x 42 cm

Meme, Fairy, 2014, acrylic, pencil, ink and insect's wings, 5 x 11 cm

Nocturna 12 2014
Pencil, ink and insect wings on paper
6 x 12 cm

For more of Meme’s entrancing and enigmatic works, visit his creative page here.

Huge thank you to Galerie Steph and One for One (Magic Bird World) for all the hard work putting together this incredible series of exhibitions. Magicbird books are available for sale through their online shop with proceeds going towards building of Reading Spaces and funding of their volunteer-run bookclub, Wisdom Club for Children.

Contributing writer: Hui Li

Tokyo-Cinderella-Dolls-EDMThe cast and crew of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls came to town at the start of the new year and here we are to take you through the best moments of the evening.

IMG_4967The exhibition launched to a private reception on 7 Jan and took off where the two dolls from Karin Shikata’s photographic journey in Tokyo “came to life”, re-enacted their time in Tokyo and gave a full theatrical performance, engaging both guests and staff!

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With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

Models Mirei Uchida, Yu Ranma and Japanese photographer Karin Shikata were all ex-performers at Takarazuka Revue, a 100 year old all-female musical theatre troupe in Japan.

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

And the night started off with a cocktail aperitif, Tokyo Breeze, specially concocted by a member of staff.

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop's Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda and Vodka!

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop’s Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda, triple sec & vodka

While we browsed around the exhibition, we discovered a photograph of the dolls eating Takoyaki! A very popular Japanese snack both in Japan and in Singapore.

Eating their way through in Tokyo with something fun and familiar - Takoyaki!

Takoyaki

Chef Joseph and his team at SPRMRKT went along with the Japanese theme to create their own version of a Takoyaki out of fried risotto (otherwise known in Italy as arancini), worcestershire sauce and bonito flakes! This was featured with a Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw, Fried Chicken Wrap and Corn & Crab Chawanmushi.

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Even the dolls couldn’t resist tucking into these! 🙂

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Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera for tucking into some food :)

Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera 🙂

But the evening could not have been more entertaining with the guests who came, ate, drank, talked about Japan, food and art to a curated soundtrack of Japanese electronic house and pop music!

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Gallery owner Stephanie Tham introducing a guest to the exhibition

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Food quickly came and went!

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Models with artist Karin

Models with artist Karin

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And some might say the real highlight of the evening was when one of the dolls started feeding our guests and shocked a few!

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but all was good and guests started to play along 🙂

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Another lucky guest getting fed which caused some excitement 🙂

Finally when the crowd subsided a little, we went to the back of the shop only to discover that Karin was shooting and working on her next exhibition of these dolls and their time spent in Singapore!

IMG_5018We can’t wait to see where her next exhibition of these dolls on the streets of Singapore will take her… though we hear it might be in London or Paris!

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Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun :)

Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun 🙂

IMG_5044Big thanks to Galerie Steph for presenting another fun and remarkable exhibition with us!

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

All photographs are for sale and if you were wondering about the photo frames and where you could purchase these, they were all actually put together and lovingly handcrafted by the photographer, Karin, with original origami paper and is part of her artistic expression with these photographs. Here’s a quick glimpse of some of the designs from the show:

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Thank you to all who made it. We had a blast and we hope you did too. For those who missed it, do pop into the bistro to catch the wonderful photographic series of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls before it ends on 8 March.

Tokyo Cinderella Dolls at SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street. From 8 Jan - 8 Mar 2014

Photo credits and information on Tokyo Cinderella Dolls !

Jaen Ching Ng, legal counselor by training, artist in spirit

Jaen Ching Ng. Legal counsel by profession, painter in spirit.

 

Jaen, who works as a legal counsel, read law in the UK, but her “first love” was art. In her artist statement, she describes her paintings as being “driven by my fascination with the anatomy of the human body.” She explores that very subject with a palette knife on all her paintings in the body of work being exhibited. “I cannot express myself, my emotions, my state of mind, any better than through the most powerful language we know – the body,” she said.

S: From as far as you can remember, what was your first drawing/painting about?

I reckon drawing and painting are innate to all of us. Before we could speak, images, shapes and colours were like the sole language we know! It started with simple scribble to sketching random designs then dabbling with colours when I was a child. Be it a pencil, colour pencils, magic colours or a pen, if paper was in sight too, you can be rest assured I will be creating something! As for learning, mostly is through trial and error and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. But it did get to a stage where I felt that some reference would be good and that was when I took to books (my mother was a huge fan of Reader’s Digest!). As I recall, my very first few were flowers. I was drawn by the sheer variety of it and you can almost create a certain form and no one would question its actual existence!

S:  Why didn’t you pursue an education in the arts?

I certainty thought about it and was very passionate about studying arts. But a very wise man advised me that I should seriously consider what is best for me, taking into consideration my surroundings including things that are not within my control, like the economy. He advised that I should pick a career that can withstand recessions, that is always needed no matter the state of the economy. He proceeded to provide 2 examples – a lawyer or an accountant. Law school it was!   This man, this very wise man is non-other than my father.

S: Under a legal profession, you do get to meet a lot of people, hear their stories and must have some interest in reading. Tell us more about your style of painting in Body & Soul and where you got your inspiration from. Do books or people inspire you?

Body & Soul is all about freedom and imagination; merging reality and a touch of fantasy. Anything and everything around me inspires me. It could be as simple as noticing a unique feature on a stranger’s face to going blind and listen to my inner voice and let my imagination take over. Our subconscious is capable of absorbing so much from our surroundings without us knowing and it’s amazing to see how it can find its way into our conscious mind when we allow our conscious mind to wander and our hand to create.

S: We’re lucky to have seen some of your earlier works and they vary in style and concept. Could you tell us more about Mother & Child?

MOTHER & CHILD

This piece was inspired by a casual conversation between my friends and I wherein the topic was about their children. Although I am not a mother myself, I could sense how proud they were of their children and how much joy their children have brought them. My inspiration then was to try and capture this emotion and paint it in a child-like manner. This piece was created prior to my discovery of palette knife painting.

S: Coming back to the exhibition at SPRMRKT, what is it about the human figure that intrigues you? Are these faces and figures of anyone in particular?

The endless stories that it can tell and the emotion that it can portray without having to say a word. I may be smiling but my eyes could be conveying a different message. I may be crying but it could be tears of joy. The lack of certainty where a smile doesn’t always represent happiness and tears doesn’t always signify sadness creates a grey area where interpretation is key and this space – this very space – is what intrigues me the most and drives me to capture it on canvas. The faces and figures that I have painted are all from imagination – materialisation from chance events and things that I have picked up along the way.

Artwork featured above are only two of the six works on exhibition. Please visit us on 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043 to see the complete show and commissioned piece. Call us at +65 6221 2105 for opening hours.

S: Do you paint from photos? If no, why not?

No I don’t. I’m not a fan of replication. The idea of painting in accordance to something does not appeal to me at all. The thought of knowing the end before I begin will strangle every bit of passion I have to paint. If the photo is of something interesting, I may choose to use that as a base but the end result will definitely not be a replication.

S: And what is it about women and their bodies in relationship to food did you have in mind when creating the commissioned project for SPRMRKT?

There is no lack of evidence (in social media especially) on how obsessive women (and some men) have become with their appearances. Although this is predominantly driven by weight loss agenda, we should also give attention to those who are fighting against it and reminding us – it is perfectly beautiful to be who you are. I wanted to capture both end of this spectrum in the commissioned project and this was how I came up with the painting.

WOMAN. BODY. FOOD. 56" x 24". A triptych of acrylic on canvas. S$1,000

WOMAN. BODY. FOOD. 56″ x 24″. A triptych of acrylic on canvas. S$1,000

S: Food has always been a significant part of our lives, especially here in Singapore. Whether it’s dinner at home, a weekend BBQ or a celebratory feast, we’re always talking about the latest food trends, hip cafes and celebrity restaurants. Does food or dining out mean different things to you as a lawyer and as an artist?

Not at all. My career is what I do whilst art is what I love. The latter is definitely the dominant me and it shines through in all the things that I do. A pop of creative touch can go a long way in making a good event great! Not to mention memorable!

S: What are your plans after this exhibition? Can we expect to see more work soon?

I will continue to paint and there’s no doubt about that. I certainly hope I will be able to hold more exhibitions in the near future and continue to share my work.

Thank you Jaen!

Signing In

On top of all the food & drink, we had an amazing time catching up with the artist and getting to know you. Throw in the wonderful playlist by the fabulous crew from Poptrash, this was an event that’s going down memory lane for a very long time 🙂 Catch the action right here!

 

 

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The exhibitee, Sharma, with one of her series “Childhood Dreams”.

 

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Tyler from The Secret Mermaid introducing his cocktails.

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With the lovely DJ Christina of Poptrash. Her debut set!

 

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Founder, Ashe, of Poptrash grooving it for a pretty amazing turn out.

 

 

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Guests trying out Popaganda’s fresh fruit popsicles 🙂

 

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Trying out the Cheng Thng Jelly Shots !

 

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Appreciating art throughout the event!

 

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DJ Christina played a handsome range of music which got us moving from the front of the house to the back!

 

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Relatives of the artist.

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Capturing the colour, the art works and the life!

 

 

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Artist, Sharma, with some of her relatives.

 

 

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Thank you everyone for coming down and supporting the exhibitee, us and making the event worth more than a thousand words! And a big thank you to our collaborators and sponsors for making the event a success. The atmosphere would not have been the same without you guys on board x

 

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Anchalee Temphairojana, also known as Kai

Anchalee Temphairojana, also known as Kai

A Singaporean, originally from Thailand, Kai works in operations as a blender in the oil industry. She knew from an early age that art would always be a part of her life but going to art school was not an option then. Nonetheless, she has continued to pursue her artistic dreams, quietly and meticulously building her portfolio after work. We did get a chance to spend some time with the lovely Kai and now you can find out more about her right here.

I think quite a few of us are intrigued about your work and how you got started from never having been to art school to keeping a portfolio with a diverse body of work. What can you say about your first exhibition and what are some of your earliest memories of drawing?

My first memory of drawing was in Thailand where my Primary school teacher would tell us what to draw and I was terrible at it! I remembered constantly asking my dad to finish my art homework for me as he’d get better marks.

My second memory of drawing was when I started school at New International School of Thailand (NIST) in Year 6. Mr. Zermani would make us draw a book introducing ourselves (I still have it!) and I would get really stressed out about it (flashbacks to first memory and bad grades.) But with his encouragement and later on a great art teacher, Ms. Krishna, both of them have instilled a passion for art in me which I can’t let rest.

I was set on pursuing an art education but due to various turns in events ended up doing a business degree. Nonetheless, I continued to take art enrichment courses such as pottery, photography, watercolour, charcoal drawing, oil painting and draw whenever time permits.

I feel so blessed to have my first exhibition in collaboration with SPRMRKT. I’ve started pushing my work to the public early this year and have been so lucky to meet Sue Shan and have the opportunity to work on this exhibition. There was quite a lot of doubt at first and a lot of hard work was involved but it is one of my proudest moments to date.

You do have a remarkable range of illustrations in your portfolio. What subject matter do you feel most connected to and who or what has been your sources of inspiration?

I started developing context in my work last year while spending time with my late grandfather in China. Prior to that, my works didn’t fit into a single theme. My favourite series is “Mr. Animal” which was sparked initially by the desire to improve my drawing skills. To my pleasant surprise – after illustrating the faces of these animals, I discovered that they each have personalities of their own! So I dress them according to the personality they convey to me.

Mr. Corporation was conceived a little differently where we discussed about some of the evil characters one sees in the office and thought it would be a good idea to use common local slang to  identify these animal portraits while giving them a humourous twist! After these characters were crafted, I had such a blast creating all 10 of them!

Work in progress: my next series will continue to be focused on “Mr. Animal” but will be drawing inspirations from my faith featuring topics like 7 Deadly Sins.

It’s quite timely that your first showcase here at SPRMRKT is launching around the same time Home & Décor magazine commissioned you to design a poster for their interior design and decoration fair. Tell us more about it.

While I was working on SPRMRKT’s project, I was commissioned by Home & Décor to do a piece featuring the word “Home” for their Home & Décor Fair (4-6 Oct 2013.) I was one of the 8 local artists to have their art featured on the October issue and our works will be featured at Marina Square Central Atrium during the fair. There will also be an opportunity for their lucky readers to bring these prints home! Here’s a peek –

Posters will be available at the Singapore Home & Decor Fair 2013

Posters will be available at the Singapore Home & Decor Fair 2013!

Great owl on SPRMRKT’s window by the way! Having never done an illustration on this scale before, you single-mindedly took up the challenge and it’s been a hit. Any reason why you chose the design you did? And have you ever thought about designing or becoming an artist as a full time profession?

When brainstorming for this piece, I was looking at designs that would look good in black and white lines. I eventually chose the owl as my subject as it has mysterious eyes and beautiful detail in its feathers that can be crafted into black line patterns.

Since young I’ve always dreamt of going to art school (I even know which school I want to go to!) and recently I’ve been looking for ways to create more awareness for my artworks. This year has been extremely rewarding and full of surprises. I’m happy with where things are now, being able to balance my time (and wallet!) with my full time job and my weekend art pursuit.

Owl illustration on SPRMRKT's shop window

Owl illustration on SPRMRKT’s shop window

Coffee Shop Street Talk was another commission you did in collaboration with SPRMRKT and we love it! What are your top three local dishes you can’t live without?

Hotpot, Prawn Mee, Ngoh Hiang

In the third and final commissioned series, Mr Corporation, a collection of 10 animal portraits characterised with local slang were created and named to fit the environs. We love how you’ve managed to portray such familiar characters at work more winsomely. Whose other portraits have you done or will you want to do?

Work in progress: 7 Deadly Sins (Animal portraits portraying a sin)

I’ve done a portrait series of my family members and am planning to do more human illustrations as these are skills I would like more practise in.

We can’t wait to see your next series 🙂

Illustration by Shannon Lee

Graduating with a first class honours degree from the Raffles Design Institute, Singapore in 2008, Shannon was sought after to design a slew of runway shows that got him recognised and hired by established fashion labels such as alldressedup, Benjamin Barker and AL&ALICIA. Now at SPRMRKT, this marks his first public showcase of personal art work.

Taken from Shannon’s portfolio of apparel design, we highlight a few drawings that make us question whether these can be more than sketches of his thought processes and be presented as finished works of art.

To see a full portfolio of Shannon’s works, please visit our shop at 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043. Showcase is on from now till January 2013.