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July 18-28, 2018

Maya Gallery | Liquid Light: An Exhibition of contemporary Watercolours


SINGAPORE – This July, an exhibition of contemporary watercolours to challenge preconceptions of the medium, will be showcased at Maya Gallery. Opening on Wednesday, 18th July 2018, Liquid Light celebrates the diverse ways artists are approaching watercolour—from landscapes and figuratives, to abstraction and more.

Watercolour is one of the oldest and simplest mediums to use in fine art—you only need paints, water, a brush and paper. It is basically made up of colour pigment mixed with water.

Despite being easy to learn, watercolour has been perceived as a demanding art form—technically challenging and most difficult to master. It is often overlooked due to its regular association with simple detailed studies of flowers and 'plein air' landscapes, as compared to the more popular oils and acrylics. It is also not a forgiving medium. A mistake is not easily hidden and must be removed carefully.

Yet, it is these characteristics–fluidity, immediacy, transparency and versatility–which have put watercolour on the cutting edge. Even famous Western artists like Albrecht Durer, Turner, John Sargent, Paul Klee, Shapiro, Georgia O'Keefe and Edward Hopper have all painted in watercolour. Their works are still an inspiration for many contemporary artists today.

In engaging with a natural, organic and creative medium where the artist must brave the challenge to tame the dynamic nature of water, artist-writer Dr. Janet MacKenzie says, "…contemporary watercolour can in fact free the creative process for many practitioners. It possesses an innate immediacy and sensual quality, and when it is amplified in scale it thus possesses great emotional resonance.”

Sensing a renewed interest in watercolour in recent years, Maya Gallery has put together an exhibition by contemporary artists, including those selected from an Open Call in February 2018, who brave the challenge to engage in watercolour in compelling ways.


Opening Reception

July 18, 2018, Wednesday
7 pm till 9 pm
Maya Gallery



18 to 28 July 2018



Deusa Blumke (Brazil), Idris Ali (Singapore), Jedidiah Angkasa (Indonesia), Jeffrey Wandly (Singapore), John Wong (Malaysia)
Kamalakshi Saikia (India), Masturah Sha'ari (Singapore), Melanie Gooi (Malaysia), Nadja Klueter (Siberia), Nhawfal Juma'at (Singapore),
Shahnaz Ali (India), Syafiq Hariz (Malaysia), Tan Chye Tiong (Singapore), Tumadi Patri (Singapore), Valerie Ng (Malaysia),
Yap Zhiwen (Singapore) and Yusoff Latiff (Singapore)

with a special tribute to
Wandly Yazid (1925-2005)





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