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On The Wall: Art exhibitions in Singapore, February 2014

American Art-fest 

American art
New on the scene is Gramercy Art, which specialises in modern and contemporary works from the US. Headlining the gallery’s first exhibition is Spanish-American Domingo Zapata, who was recently invited by the mayor of New York to be its resident artist. This exhibition includes 40 works which interweave iconic images and text in a bright colour palette. Until 31 March. Gramercy Art is at 81 Kim Yam Road, #03-01. Admission is free, but by appointment only. Call 6737 5505.

Chris Levine's piece on the Queen 

Light
Why should art be restricted to a page, a square, a canvas? Chris Levine answers this question in his first solo show, which features works in a range of media and includes light sculptures, light boxes, photographic prints, holographic works and laser light installations. The artist explores light to create new ways of seeing and experiencing the world and portrays 21st-century icons such as  Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Moss. Until 22 February at Collectors Contemporary, 5 Jalan Kilang Barat, #01-03 Petro Centre. collectors.com.sg

Jane Lee 

100 Faces
Acclaimed Singaporean artist Jane Lee is back with a new exhibition. One hundred deliciously coloured canvases measuring 5.9 x 6.3 x 2.4 inches are the centrepiece of 100 Faces, which showcases the artist’s tactile and visually spectacular style. Until 2 March at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, #01-05 Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Road. 6694 3378 | sundaramtagore.com.

Glenn at work 

Five minutes with Glenn Russell
“I work mainly in acrylic paint on paper and canvas, and graphite pencil on paper. My subjects are varied, but mainly focus on landscapes and animals. I paint and sketch in my home studio. I travel a lot and often work on sketches while on an aeroplane or in a hotel room in another country. It helps me to relax prior to sleeping.

My day job is technical director for a company manufacturing specialty raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry. Art is just a hobby for me, but I have sold several works. I started painting in the early 1990s and only took up serious sketching about nine months ago after my wife gave me some books on the subject as a birthday gift. She used to be an early childhood teacher and I used to do some drawings for her. It grew from there.

Music in the background is certainly an inspiration. I play the guitar and prefer to listen to instrumental guitar music including my favourite, the world-renowned Australian acoustic guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel.

Recently I visited the Treasures of Lichtenstein exhibition at the National Museum. There were some magnificent artworks on display. I can’t help but marvel at the skill of the painters of that era: the way they captured the contrast of light and dark.

REDSEA Gallery is one of my favourite galleries in Singapore, and I love the National Portrait Gallery in London. I have visited it three times and always marvel at the skill of artists who are able to capture the complexities of the human form, especially the face. I look forward to developing my skill in that area one day.

 

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