How would you describe your art - in one sentence, or a short phrase.
My art is vibrant & colorful, I want to invoke a sense of happiness in the viewer.
Photo of you in your studio; or beside an art piece that you like.
One sentence to describe your studio / the place you work.
My studio is full of my earlier art pieces hanging, the walls are orange, the floor is blue, it's a fun, sun-bathed, warm & inviting place for me to spend hours creating.
Photos of your 3 best artworks, the title and a short description.
Celadon Rain - Water Series:
A 3-section art piece commissioned by Priya Naik from Interior Design Journey who told me she needed the colors of turquoise, champagne & celadon in an art piece. I delivered the art personally to the end client, who was absolutely overjoyed & had me place the art. Without seeing the room in the outset of the commission, I was very happy with my creation & how well the colors matched.
Singapore The World - Genesis Series:
Colorful wheels interrelated on a plane, some belong, some do not, just like humans, they tend to command your eye for attention, yet not to make it uncomfortable but just the opposite.
This piece was painted around the celebration of Singapore's National Day & the red & white of the flag's colors comes out in several places in the painting. The title comes from my humble opinion that I think it would benefit other countries to take Singapore's successful example of economic growth & harmonious cultural diversity.
Nina's Song - Eternal Collection:
My most memorable art commission. A woman told me about how her mother loved to play classical piano & how when her mother was days from passing & was no-longer unable to move & communicate, the daughter played her mother's favorite piano piece, she lifted the bed-head, stood behind her & pressed on her mother's fingers as if playing the music.
Reflexively, her mother's feet started moving as if pressing the peddles on the piano, it was a stunningly special final communication that passed between them. Her mother's favorite color was turquoise & her favorite flower a carnation.
When she passed, the woman noted that there was a beautiful jacaranda tree in full bloom outside the hospital window, the colors so rich & beautiful.
Most memorable art commission - what was the piece about, who commissioned the art, what was the experience like.
I'm currently working on a solo exhibition that is entitled the Eternal Collection. My mother passed from breast cancer a year ago & my father is terminal with lung cancer from asbestos exposure with a very short time left, so I want to give something back to fight the disease. 30% of my profits will go to Childrens' Cancer, half on the research side, half on the respite side.
The collection will exonerate loved ones that have passed from our lives, it will show-case their lives, their contributions to society, their hobbies, their favorites, it will celebrate them as the loved & treasured individual that they were & will continue to be in the hearts of their families.
In doing my research for this exhibition, I'm being commissioned to celebrate people in a most exquisite way, I've learned so much about peoples' lives & have shared tears of joy, tears of sadness, & best of all, on a different plane of humanity altogether, I feel that I am sharing healing with people.
I've incorporated all those elements into the art piece, it's a mix of abstract, realism & painted in mixed media. The carnation petals are made out of the very shirt that her mother wore, it was one of her favorites. This is the creation that comes out of such a deep understanding of each subject & this is the entire essence of Art&SOUL.
How you work with your clients - a short description of how you develop concepts and ideas, and collaborate with your clients.
I work with my clients on a varied basis as it depends on how involved the client wants to be in the creativity process. Clients can either take a photograph of the wall & soft furnishings that I need to bring a room together in an art piece, or choose a piece that has already been painted, or create one of their own as a DIY project.
For a Do-It-Yourself project, clients can choose the size of canvas, colors they want from a 2500 color-palate (including to omit colors they don't want), & then go see my website at www.artandsoul.sg & choose a style from either the Genesis Series, the Water Series, or create something entirely new. I work with interior designers who are on the scale with more hands-on input & also individuals, who more commonly are on the scale with less hands-on input. It's wonderful to work with such a variety of requirements from different clients - it keeps me motivated.
What/who inspires you?
I find nature ultimately inspiring, the colors in a sunset or sunrise, to me are so beautiful they sing. I can't seem to walk by flowers without taking a picture, so much so that it took me 2 entire hours to get through 2 flower beds in the botanical gardens in Ireland when I visited in September, I'm lucky to have a patient husband who understands my obsession to photograph each flower. I will at some stage, paint them all.
Browse Victoria Owenby's artworks on The Commissioned.