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Figuratively Speaking

September 15 – October 5, 2015
Maya Gallery

Figuratively SPeaking


SINGAPORE – Maya Gallery is delighted to present Figuratively Speaking, a group exhibition of portraits and figures by various artists from Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The human face and form have fascinated many artists and art lovers since time immemorial. We are familiar with Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" by Da Vinci and Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" that have transcended time and culture. We also fell in love with Klimt's "The Kiss" and Renoir's "Dance at Bougeval" depicting the beauty of love and relationship. Then with the advance of contemporary art, we are "faced" with a more independent expression of portraiture and the figurative. But now with the widespread use of digital photography and instant "selfies" and "wefies", what is the status of the art of portraits and figures in today's context?

Aristotle once said, "The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality."

It is the aim of this exhibition to show not only the figurative, but also the essence within. More than just a "likeness", artworks of this genre have come to address issues of identity, politics and social norms – a larger reality. Featuring a strong collection of work in various mediums and styles, the showcase is timely and necessary as artists push the boundaries of creative expression, and further critical interest is needed in the development of this artistic genre.

Figuratively Speaking runs from 15 September till 5 October 2015.


Opening Reception:

15 September 2015, Tuesday
7 pm


Maya Gallery
Oxley BizHub 2, 62 Ubi Road 1, #01-21
Singapore 408734

Exhibiting Artists

Idris Ali
Aziza Ali
Jeffrey Wandly
Rofizano Zaino
Quan La Ba
Raka Suwasta
Huda Fauzan
Agus Sutrisna

Light refreshments will be served.
All artworks are for sale.

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Open House
Sat to Sun, 19-20 Sep 2015
11 am – 6 pm

'Live' Portraits (19 Sep, 2-6pm)
Get your 'live' portrait drawn by established artist Idris Ali (at $30/portrait).
Free for the first 3 guests!

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MAYA GALLERY is dedicated to advance contemporary art works by young, emerging and established Singapore-based, Asian and international artists. The gallery has participated in the Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Artshow Busan and Bank Art Fair Hong Kong, as well as collaborated with counterparts in Indonesia and Shanghai. With activities ranging from art consultancy, talks, workshops and educational programmes, Maya Gallery is a true art retreat amidst the busy streets of Singapore.


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