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5 Stars Arising
Artist(s): CHEN Ziwei, Khairullah RAHIM, LEE Mei Ling, ONG Hui Har, Joey SOH
Date: 3 Aug - 17 Aug 2012

Presenting 5 arising Singapore artists who have very creditable artworks well supported by their modest pool of supporters. These artists consciously or sub-consciously take reference from Singapore’s history and culture. Showing contemporary artworks relating to Singapore from portrait, architectural scene, the flora and fauna of Singapore with orchid as the national flower flourishing, lush three-dimensional botanic for immersing and domestic animal capturing the humorous lifestyle in the neighborhood.

We like to uncover these gems to audience who like to know more about Singapore art relating history and culture. “Five stars arising” is a national day song Singaporeans connect with so we would like to invite audience to connect with these 5 arising stars. It is envisaged that this exhibition will feature approximately 15 contemporary works by 5 Singaporean artists inspired by Singapore’s history and culture.

Aim to present that amidst the strong focus on economics development for Singapore since independent in 1965, history and culture consciously or sub-consciously have strong influences on Singapore artists. Which are alike as with other artists from our neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. We would like to capture the heart of our audience through this Singapore story in a contemporary way. The purpose of having the show in August is to further enable the audience to feel the national day vibes around the nation in this celebrative birthday month of Singapore.

Participating Artists:

Chen Ziwei
Born in Singapore 1988, graduated with Bachelor of Arts, Major in Geography, Minor in Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore and currently pursuing a BA in Fine Art and History of Art (Joint Degree), Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom. Shown in NordArt 2012, Kunstwerk Carlshüette, Büdelsdorf, Germany; Noise Singapore 2010 Showcase, Raffles City Mall, Singapore; Noise Singapore 2009 Showcase, Far East Plaza Mall, Singapore; Noise Singapore 2007 Showcase, The Heeren Mall, Singapore

Lee Mei Ling
Born in Singapore, graduated with first class honors in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, USA. Awarded school of Art Undergraduate Scholarship, University of Michigan, School of Art and Design. In her works, Mei Ling employs techniques of the textile traditions where she embroiders, stitches and weaves every piece of her work. Manual labor becomes the language which mirrors her passion in the creative process. While her modus operandi is decidedly traditional, the result of her works is contemporary. The common thread that unites her forms, materials and techniques is her continuing interest in – Life. Mei Ling has participated in both solo and group shows in Singapore, South East Asia and the United States. In recent years, she was honored several commissions by the local community and overseas missions.

Ong Hui Har
Born in Singapore 1976, awarded Singapore Government Public Service Commission Scholarship (Teaching) overseas and graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom in Fine Arts & History & Theory of Arts. Solo Exhibitions include Harry, Lee Kuan Yew at The Arts House Singapore in 2010 and Global City; Home at The Fullerton Heritage Gallery, Singapore in 2011. Awarded Finalist, ‘2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize’ at The Rotunda Exchange Square Hong Kong in 2010; ‘20 Selected Singaporean Artists 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize’ at ARTSPACE at Helutrans Singapore; Finalist, ‘Charlatan Ink Art Prize 2011’ at Manhattan Art Hotel, The Carltan Arms, New York, USA; ‘20 Selected Singaporean Artists, 2011 Sovereign Asian Art Prize’ at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; Finalist, ‘6th International Arte Laguna Prize 2012’ at Arsenale of Venice, Venice, Italy

Khairullah Rahim
Born in Singapore, graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from Lasalle College of the Arts in 2009. In 2009, he bagged the first prize in the SLA painting competition organized by the Singapore Land Authority and recently he clinched the People's Choice Award at the CLIFTONS Art Prize 2010 competition organized by CLIFTONS, Australia. In focusing on the hybrid realm of animals taking on quasi-human narratives, he hopes to engender a moment of contemplation in the viewer on what is it that makes for an interesting story.

Joey Soh
Born in Singapore 1982, graduated with BA Degree in Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Joey has been involved in an array of artistic events and exhibited in group shows in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Joey is also the co - founder of a Singapore based artists collective - Artists Caravan. Her concern, broadly put across, lies in the human race and their personal aspirations in modern society; she is constantly surveying resistance and freedom. And her mode of expression is through sculptural pieces and/or mix media installations.

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