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Portrait of Tara


2015, Acrylic on Canvas

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Portrait of Tara


2015, Acrylic on Canvas

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I believe this painting sends an important message about how the urban youth choose to entertain and educate themselves nowadays. It’s no longer the outdoors or with books. From her expression here, you can’t tell what she is thinking, if she’s bored or just pensive. Another feature is a hidden ellipsis, or the three subtle dots near Tara’s forehead. An ellipsis literally means ‘the omission from speech or writing of a word’, and I placed it here to symbolize all the unspoken conversations caused by, or complicated by our current fascination and dependency on these smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets.

PORTRAIT OF TARA

2015 / 60.96 x 60.96 CM

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Tropical


2016, Acrylic on Canvas

Tropical


2016, Acrylic on Canvas

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This triptych was to be placed by a stairwell with a stark white wall, so I knew I wanted it to be extra colourful for it to pop and bring the room to life. I researched on different types of tropical plants online and by going to the different parks and reservoirs here in Singapore. And then I selected the ones whose shapes and colour gradations I liked the most, like the caladiums and begonias, which have these beautiful, rich red, pink, and purple tones against green.

 TROPICAL TRIPTYCH

2016 / 182.88 x 152.4 CM (60.96 x 152.4 CM each panel, 3 pcs.)

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Deiva's Lake


2016, Acrylic on Canvas

Deiva's Lake


2016, Acrylic on Canvas

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Inspired by Udaipur, the city of lakes in North India.

DEIVA'S LAKE

2016 / 91.4 x 61 CM

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Chapter IX


2017, Acrylic on Canvas

Chapter IX


2017, Acrylic on Canvas

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Painted during the third trimester of my first pregnancy. Inspired by the ninth chapter of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince": 

"I believe that for his escape he took advantage of the migration of a flock of wild birds. On the morning of his departure he put his planet in perfect order."

CHAPTER IX

2017

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Cat & Nara


2017, Acrylic on Canvas

Cat & Nara


2017, Acrylic on Canvas

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A special portrait for a loving mother-and-daughter pair, set against a faded backdrop of Camp Soloviento in Lake Caliraya.

CAT & NARA

2017

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Two Lifesavers


2015, Acrylic on Canvas

Two Lifesavers


2015, Acrylic on Canvas

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I noticed a recurring theme in some of my paintings: that there was only a single subject amidst a larger backdrop, such as my previous oil painting of a lone balloon in the clouds. For me, they were meant to be symbols of hope emerging from a journey. After having gotten married earlier in 2015, I thought to myself, what if I started painting subjects in pairs? The lifesavers are symbolic of how one can journey through life, not alone, but with a partner. This was my first artwork exploring that theme of partnership. Marriage or any committed relationship, like the sea, can ebb and flow with good and bad times— Sometimes, it is just a matter of staying ‘afloat’ together. 

TWO LIFESAVERS

2015 / 81.28 X 40.64 CM

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Against The Flow


2013, Acrylic on Canvas

Against The Flow


2013, Acrylic on Canvas

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My third commissioned piece for a businessman who had requested eight gold fish and one black fish in his painting for feng shui reasons. Instead of painting fish swimming around in a pond or contained body of water as I would normally do, I painted the fish facing one direction, in a row. I purposely painted the one black fish, the 'odd one out' in the opposite direction to symbolize and celebrate those who dare to be different and go against the norm.

AGAINST THE FLOW

2013 / 167.6 X 106.7 CM

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Golden Tuna


2014, Acrylic on Canvas

Golden Tuna


2014, Acrylic on Canvas

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This is the second feng shui painting I made consisting of eight 'gold fish' and a single dark one. But instead of the typical goldfish or koi, the client had requested for goldfin tuna. Their first family business was in exporting tuna, and although their line of work had changed in later years, the client wanted to pay tribute to their roots, to remember how they started as a company. Tuna are ferocious fish and I wanted to show them swimming and thrashing rapidly, to emulate my client's persevering work ethic throughout strong currents or struggles. 

GOLDEN TUNA

2014 / 121.9 x 67 CM

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Narra in a Field


2016, oil on Canvas

Narra in a Field


2016, oil on Canvas

For this oil painting, I wanted to paint a scene that was both peaceful and dreamy, with the grains flowing in the wind, pointing towards the one stable thing, the Narra tree. The narra is known for its height, sturdiness, its shade, medicinal properties, its termite-resistant, rose-scented timber, and is a good source of honey. In a way I chose this tree to represent the woman who commissioned the painting. She's a strong matriarch who everyone looks up to for guidance. And coincidentally, her daughter had recently given birth to a baby they nicknamed Nara.

NARRA IN A FIELD

2016 / 30.3 x 40.5 CM

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Sunset for Georgia


2014, Acrylic on Canvas

Sunset for Georgia


2014, Acrylic on Canvas

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This painting was one of the largest commissioned pieces I have done so far, for a husband to give to his wife, Georgia on Valentines. He said she loved sunsets and a place called Tali Beach in Batangas, Philippines. Having seen the spectacular sunsets there, I knew I wanted to paint a fiery, multi-coloured sunset bursting across the clouds, with only a hint of the actual blue sky in the background. All this commotion of light and colours I wanted to reflect on the surface of the sea below as well.

SUNSET FOR GEORGIA

2014 / 137.7 X 107 CM