The Ocean in my Heart invites viewers into a world where imagined landscapes blend with reality.
Inspired by photographs taken in different countries around the world, Toraman’s paintings combine the imagined with the figurative, creating what the artist considers to be windows to another realm. Strolling figures and idyllic beach scenes become surreal in their isolation, while languid grassy picnics and intimate portraits become untethered to the limits of reality.
Through his focus on beach and sea-side scenes, Toraman’s recent series draws on both his own travels and connection with the ocean, as well as the geography of Singapore itself. His palette is particularly fitting in that he opts for pastel hues as an instinctive link to his own childhood memories, with blue being particularly dominant across his works. For Toraman, blue allows him to “dream without limits,” and further positions these vignettes as windows or glimpses into a dreamscape.
Venue: 39+ Art Space, 39 Keppel Road #03-01, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11–7pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12–6pm
By appointment only: Monday & Public Holidays
When: 17 Jan - 22 Mar 2024,
By: 39+ Art Space