Dramatic moments in nature are derived from a variety of factors ranging from the beauty and unique behaviours of birds and animals. Combine these with the right mood, light conditions, weather and suitable habitat, and they all become rich ingredients that contribute to creating a dramatic painting.
In this exhibition, I hope to share some of these special moments that are remarkable but lesser known, so that the viewer will be drawn into the unique and secret world of each species. Some of these dramatic moments I painted are; hunting scenes, social behaviours, preening displays, courtship rituals, nest building, territorial defence and raising the young.
I employ a photorealistic painting style to display the inherent beauty and drama of nature. The semi-transparent quality of the acrylic medium allows me to gradually build up numerous layers of paint onto the canvas that transforms the subject into a life-like image. Prior to the painting process, I spent many hours of field research and study sketches before laying paint on the canvas. During the painting process, I included fine details, such as texture and anatomical forms, direction of light, interesting postures of the subjects and these help to breathe life into the painting. The end result is a one-of-a-kind dramatic painting and probably seen for the first time in Singapore. As with all artists, I desire my paintings to elicit an emotional `Wow!’ response from the viewer.
Through my love of nature and the environment, I try to convey my passion in paintings so that the viewer can share the experiences I’ve had in Singapore and hope that this will translate into a keener interest in our natural history heritage.
Venue: Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469
When: 25 - 29 Aug 2022, 11am - 8pm