Dates: 03 May 2013 - 12 May 2013
For its twelfth anniversary exhibition, Utterly Art offers twelve artists who reflect the breadth and diversity of the galleryâ€™s ever-changing presentations, set in the cavernous space of ION Art Gallery. Coming from Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Switzerland and India, the 12 artists paint and sculpt in vastly different media and styles.
Three artists, Oh Chai Hoo, Tran Quoc Tuan and Randy Solon will mount solo painting shows. Three are watercolourists: Tilen Ti, William Sim and Aaron Gan display markedly different styles within their chosen medium. The carefree brass figures of Michael Cacnio are distinct from the colourful bronze cows of P. Gnana. And the Eastern sensibilities of Chua Chon Hee and Ling Yang Chang contrast with the Western pop flavours of Andre Tan and Vinc (represented by Marisa Kunz of Blue Horizon Gallery).
Nearly twenty years in the art scene, TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men) Philippines 2006 awardee Michael Cacnio is considered to be one of the countryâ€™s finest brass sculptors today. Since his graduation from Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in 1991, he has made himself much beloved as a sculptor of the everyday Filipino, depicting children playing traditional games, workers engaged in cheerful and industrious labour, tender scenes between parent and child or people facing the dil
Chua Chon Hee graduated from the Nayang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Western Art in 1980, and with an Advanced Diploma in 1982. She has exhibited extensively with the Nanyang Clay Group and the Printmaking Society (Singapore). Her works can be found at several hotels in Singapore and Myanmar, and at the National University Hospital in Singapore.
Born in Singapore in 1979, Aaron Gan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Deanâ€™s List) from the University of Western Australia in 2003. Aaron Gan started painting full-time in 2012 after joining the Singapore Watercolor Society. He was selected to be one of only three Asians at the International Watercolour Biennial in Belgium (2012), and his work was featured in Artistâ€™s Palette, a leading Australian arts magazine (2013).
Singaporean artist Ling Yang Chang discovered his affinity for traditional Chinese ink painting since his schooling days and has since immersed himself into a select plethora of art forms and mediums while staying true to his roots. A graduate in Chinese Studies and Economics at the National University of Singapore, recognition came early when he was selected for the Shell Discovery Exhibition of 1992, and obtained First Prize (Chinese Ink Painting) in the Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award
William started painting under the guidance of pioneer artist Tan Puay Tee at the age of 10. Through his mentorship, William studied colour and form. Over the years he has experimented with various media, but nature as a thematic study has never left his canvas. The worlds William creates find their roots in happiness. The subjects of his paintings are a blend of nature and mechanical objects: they depict, singly and as collectives, dreamscapes where positivity reigns.
Andre Tan obtained his Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore (2000), his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with 1st Class Honors from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (2004) and returned to LASALLE for his Master of Arts in Fine Arts (2006). Andre is the recipient of the Judgeâ€™s Choice for UTGP08-Kenichiro Mogi Prize (2008, Japan), Studentship Scheme (2005) in LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, and also the Georgette Chen Arts Schola
Tilen Ti does not believe in still life. His depictions of Singapore defy reality, rendered in colour that he senses rather than sees. Vividly awash with hues of every imaginable colour, his watercolours slyly turn familiar places into stranger, more flamboyant versions of themselves. Born in Raub, Pahang, Malaysia in 1969, he attended the Saito Academy of Art in Petaling Jaya, graduating in 1992. Three years after moving to Singapore for work, he started painting as a self-taught artist in 2009