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Chua Ek Kay and the Lotus

The lotus flower outside my gallery bloomed recently. This is the lotus plant that my mother gave me, it has been with me for many years. Ever since my friendship with Chua Ek Kay I had wanted a lotus plant. Ek Kay frequently spoke about the lotus, how it emerges from the water as buds and comes to full bloom before it drops its petal and leaves a seed pod for regrowth. When the colour of the leaves change from green to brown, Ek Kay referred to this as the "colour of lotus leaves”. Lotus leaves are the greatest challenge to paint because of its ever changing shapes and the need for its stems to be well contrasted. I dug up one of Ek Kay’s works of the Lotus Pond done 2 years before he passe

My attempt at explaining Milenko Prvacki

People come to the gallery and ask me to tell them stories about artists and paintings. I thought I might experiment with talking into the camera. Let me know if it works as well. [Click to watch video]

Singapore, then and now

This article triggered a reflection on how the Singapore scene has grown. I remember in 1971 when i started the gallery, it would be unthinkable that an art event in Singapore could attract a 6 digit visitorship. Gallerists were always very close to artists, we understood and supported one another. It was so then and even more so nowadays. Found this old picture, circa 1983, taken with the late Ibrahim Hussein and Goh Beng Kwan at Art Forum Gallery.

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