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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

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At the opening reception of Indian artist Malavika PC on 4th June. (The opening reception was changed from 3rd to 4th June as the artist was flying into Singapore for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and we wanted to catch her!)

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Kamiliah, assistant to gallerist Stephanie Tham of Galerie Steph, is pictured here orientating guests 🙂

The show started with a presentation by Sue Yian Quek, founder and publisher of The Magic Bird collection of children’s books. Magic Bird’s profits are channeled towards social projects, which it calls Wisdom Clubs, that benefit kids with no opportunity to read. Since 2012, Magic Bird has donated over 26,000 books, built 17 reading spaces and conducted multiple reading programmes through its Wisdom Clubs.

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A customer picking up a copy of the The Magic Bird book, written by Ken Spillman and illustrated by Malavika PC.

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Malavika PC pictured here giving a toast to guests.

Depending on where you are in the CBD, the fast and furious pace can get in the way of imagination and creativity. We hope that by showing these works – many of which are amazingly illustrated, people will be inspired.” – SPRMRKT co-owner Sue-Shan Quek

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SPRMRKT co-owner Sue-Shan pictured in the centre orientating guests about the unique art pieces.

The exhibition featured original collages on hand-textured sheets from the children’s book of the same title written by Ken Spillman. Malavika’s approach to making the collages mirror the book, which she says is about “the core yearning in us to learn, grasp and respond to the occurrences outside of us. And how reading, literacy, vocabulary and articulation equips a mind for expression, constantly letting us know how expansive the universe around is.” As such, her works are layered with paper to give depth, distance and flight, and rooted in very organic typography so as to appear gentle and uplifting.

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#18/22 The Magic Bird Series, 2014-15 Paper, Inks & Adhesive 30 x 30 cm Unique Work SGD 850

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#23/23 The Magic Bird Series, 2014-15 Paper, Inks & Adhesive 30 x 30 cm Unique Work SGD 850

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#21/22 The Magic Bird Series, 2014-15 Paper, Inks & Adhesive 30 x 30 cm Unique Work SGD 850

Please note that some of these works are still available for sale. More information can be found below.

IMG_1128More photos of guests and the serene opening launch to Malavika’s show.

IMG_1133SPRMRKT thanks Malavika PC, Galerie Steph & The Magic Bird for all the hard work and effort placed into getting this exhibition together!

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One of the pieces which sold! #20/22. The Magic Bird Series. Paper, ink & adhesive. 30 x 30cm.

Some of Malavika’s works are still being exhibited and sold at Galerie Steph in Helutrans. For those who’d like to find out more about the artist, do check out a recent interview of the lovely Malavika posted below and contact Galerie Steph or SPRMRKT for more details!

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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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Music Writer for JUICE

 

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 !

REIMAGINING featuring pop artist Philip Hemnell just ended yesterday and we thought of bringing back some of the good memories from the launch!

Make Up Artist Tinoq!

Our first guest at the show was a blast of pink which ironically brought Hemnell’s vibrant pieces to life! We couldn’t have adored this sweetheart more.

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Having some fun before more guests arrive.

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Hemnell explaining technique & composition

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Hemnell speaking about art

And while the private reception was in progress, we took a chance to wander around the shop and discovered mini artistic treasures which fitted right into the concept of SPRMRKT!

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One of Hemnell’s most iconic pieces – The National Rice Cooker

The National rice cooker was one of Hemnell’s earliest and most iconic pieces which pretty much marked his departure from corporate finance into the world of art and creativity. The rice cooker is significant to Hemnell as it was the one object he only really cared about to bring with him when he went to London to start university. We’re stoked to finally see it at SPRMRKT with its multiple juxtapositions.

The fun didn’t end there when we got a chance to meet the super lovely owner of Galerie Steph For more updates from Galerie Steph, follow them on Facebook!

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Stephanie of Galerie Steph with Ming of Two Rabbits Food Co.

Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli has been one of our more popular condiments and we couldn’t resist using it in one of our dishes while catering for the reception. We were really lucky to have one half of the brains behind Two Rabbits attend the show.

We catered a mix of sweet and savoury items and which we hope you enjoyed!

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A White Sangria specially concocted for us by ex wine sommelier Zachary Tay!

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Assorted Crostini: Smoked Salmon & Sour Cream, Tuna Mayo & Egg Mayo

Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli Pulled Pork Cucumber Canape

Quinoa Canape

Fried Risotto Balls

Lemon Butter Cake Squares

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In sum, it was a fun and engaging evening with a lot more guests who came then we managed to capture. Thank you to all who did make it. Thank you to Galerie Steph for making this a milestone in our calendar of shows and to affable artist Philip Hemnell for being such an inspiration and a hidden wunderkind.