(4 December 2015, Friday) To commemorate its founding in 1938 and Singapore’s golden jubilee, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) is displaying more than 170 works from alumni artists across the generations, from both part-time and full-time programmes.
Bus Journey (2015)
By Tan Jia Xuan, mixed media on paper, 40×57.5cm
This vividly crafted work captures a quintessentially Singaporean scene aboard a bus. Its creator, a 15-year-old who studied at Nafa’s School of Young Talents – Junior Art, counts the country’s public transport among the “many examples of efficiency we take for granted today”.
Lucky Lion (2015)
By Lim Poh Teck, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm
Lim, 53, who is a lecturer at Nafa’s School of Art and Design, created this work of a lion, complete with fireworks bursting in a scarlet background, to celebrate SG50. He says: “Lions in Asia are generally symbols of good luck, but they are symbolic to Singapore as a nation.”
By Chieu Shuey Fook, acrylic on metal board, 122×91.4cm
The 80-year-old artist, who graduated from Nafa in 1950, frequently experiments with industrial elements in his work, such as metal, glass and copper enamel. In this work, he made the metal board out of aluminium and silver before using acrylic to fill in colour.
Note: NAFA is mentioned in the above 3 write-ups, although all the artists are from NAFA (including teachers, SYT, CE).
WHERE: Nafa Galleries 1 and 2, Lim Tak Hai Gallery and On-Air Gallery, 80 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Till Sunday; 11am to 7pm daily. Closed today. ADMISSION: Free INFO: Go towww.nafa.edu.sg
Media: The Straits Times, Life, Page D12
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