He plays and sleeps with her, and explores her inner beauty.
He is still fascinated by her strength yet softness, fluidity yet stubborness.
Well, that is how Sunar Sugiyou describes his mistress – the Chinese ink brush.
A pioneer design graduate of LaSalle College of the Arts (then St Patrick's Art Centre), Sunar Sugiyou started painting as a teenager. A talented designer in fashion, interior and graphics, it was during his studies at LaSalle which spurred his interest in fine art to another level. Not before long, he started participating in art exhibitions, even being highly commended at a couple of international art awards.
His early works were in acrylic and mixed media on canvas, and usually trying to express his take on social norms. Being of Javanese origin, though born, bred and schooled in Singapore, Sunar's paintings would also include Javanese influences like the wayang, silat, and the Ramayana, as well as Malay cultural issues.
This year, at the age of 51, Sunar Sugiyou holds his third solo exhibition in 3 decades, entitled "Home". His last solo was in 2005.
|Bussorah Street #1, Chinese ink, 520 x 500mm, 2013|
|Bussorah Street #2, Chinese ink, 355 x 370 mm, 2013|
Showing 30 recent works in Chinese ink, Sunar depicts scenes of old Singapore based on references and his own memories. His "Jagoh" series also makes a comeback, like the artist, with a revival – it now includes the Loving Dad, Loving Mum, Chicks, My Siblings and Family series.
Despite being self-taught in the Chinese ink, medium, his technique has been described to be of an advanced level for a non-Chinese artist. Beyond technique, Sunar's story is about hope and determination, and his progress as an artist in Singapore.
Knowing how tough it could be in difficult times, Sunar will contribute part of the proceeds from the sale of artworks at "Home" to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Needy Patients Fund for those who fall through the cracks.
|Chicks series #3, Chinese ink, 505 x 460 mm, 2013|
|Loving Dad #2, Chinese ink, 505 x 460 mm, 2013|
Why is "Home" a must see?
Besides the fact that it is held at the beautiful and historic Fullerton Hotel, which once housed the General Post Office, this is an exhibition featuring our local talent. Being a Malay of Javanese heritage and using a Chinese medium, it reflects the diversity of Singaporeans, and of leaving the comfort zone to explore a different culture and learning new ways of doing things.
Sunar may not be the only non-Chinese artist to have mastered to a certain extent, an ancient Chinese medium, but his delicate, yet unassuming strokes are definitely worth looking at.
Home by Sunar Sugiyou
A charity exhibition
The Fullerton Hotel, East Garden Foyer
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
The exhibition runs until 12 September 2013.
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