Location: Singapore

One word that best describes your style: Realist

1. What does a typical day in your life look like?

I will go to the studio in the morning and start the day by reading emails and catching up with art-related news over cups of coffee before I move on to other things. There are always things to do in the studio - I have to constantly upkeep the working space, like cleaning up the working area, colour palette and brushes etc, or I will be stretching canvases for my next project. I usually start work on my paintings after lunch and stop work around late evening or night. When you're working on your own, it’s very easy to get distracted. It’s important to me to have a routine so that I can be productive in the studio.

2. What does your studio look like?

I currently share a studio with four other artists. We each have our individual work area, which is divided by partitions. The space is quite bare for practical reasons and it is located in a light industrial estate.

I am fortunate enough to be able to practise as an artist and create pieces that I care deeply about.

3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art.

I have to admit I have a weakness for cuteness, and I feel a connection to animals. Maybe it’s because animals are so much more attuned to nature than us humans. I also want to communicate that even when we choose to be alone, we still crave for some form of companionship.

4. What do you love most about being an artist?

I am passionate about art. I am also fortunate enough to be able to practise as an artist and create pieces that I care deeply about.

5. Which is your favourite artpiece so far and what is the story behind it?

When I was doing research for the ‘Scenes’ series, I came across an image of a jumping fox and immediately I felt inspired to make a work that was loosely based on my design background. I remembered in typography class when I first learnt the phrase “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" which contains all the letters of the alphabets. I felt the connection but I wanted to make it visually more interesting so I added a wire figure enjoying a cup of coffee and reading the papers to instil a sense of laziness to counter the dynamic energy of the fox. That was the third painting in the series so it was thus titled ‘Scene#03’.

6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?

Many cups of coffee, internet and music.

7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?

Traveling is a good way to get inspired and widen my perspectives. However, one does not have to travel far in order to do that.

Sometimes just a walk in the neighbourhood can be really interesting and lead me to new ideas.

8. What does success look like to you?

That’s a tough question! I suppose the ability to survive on my art practice is my nearest goal at the moment. Ultimately it is about the ability to keep doing what I'm doing now and to able to connect with people through my work.

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