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, Jul/Aug 2013


Home is a solo exhibition by third generation Singapore artist Sunar Sugiyou. Held at the luxurious Fullerton Hotel, Singapore, the exhibition is on view from July 5, through September 12, 2013. With mastery in the art of Chinese brush painting, Sunar Sugiyou captures old Singapore landscapes and memories that engage the viewer to revisit one’s past, familiar places, our heritage, and concepts of what binds us as a family and nation. Part of the proceeds from the sale of artworks will contribute to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Needy Patients Fund.

Sunar Sugiyou (b. 1961, Singapore) is a pioneer graduate of the St Patrick’s Art Centre (now LaSalle College of Fine Arts). Sunar showed his first works at the Shell Discovery Art Exhibition (1986), and received high commendations at the Australian Art Awards (1987) and IBM Art Award (1988). Sunar has exhibited in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Shanghai and Hong Kong. His early works were in oils, acrylics, collage and mixed media, but a brush with Chinese ink in 2000 had him falling in love with this delicate medium, and he has not looked back since.

Home features 30 recent paintings in Chinese ink, inspired by the artist’s memories of the past, visits and outings as a child, conversations with his parents, and a sense of appreciation for the forgotten heritage scenes of Singapore. Using rice paper, and adding that final touch with his signature red Chinese stamp, Sunar’s paintings have been mistaken to be that of a Chinese or Japanese artist. Yet his painting style is contemporary. As many modern painters have done, he often mixes several colors with black ink, resulting in natural and richly varied colours. The effect is a fresh approach to using this traditional medium, coupled with his unassuming brush strokes. 

“Chinese ink is my mistress.” – Sunar Sugiyou

Referring to it as his “mistress”, Chinese ink remains a favoured medium with which Sunar has been exploring for almost 14 years, and now bearing fruit as the exhibition takes us on a nostalgic journey. This series of heritage-related ink works is also timely as our visual history is slowly disappearing. An increasing demand by a discerning audience for old Singapore scenes has the potential to create a better understanding of our past, and a renewed appreciation for what is relevant and meaningful in today’s world.

The Opening Reception, a private event, on 4 July 2013 at The Fullerton Hotel in the presence of the artist, will be officiated by Mr Koh Seow Chuan, Chairman of The National Art Gallery, Singapore.

Meet the Artist sessions are scheduled on 5th July (5-7pm) and 6th July (2-4pm). Admission is free.

The exhibition opens to the public from 5 July to 12 September 2013.

For more information, please contact Maya Gallery at (65) 6291 1760 or

ART: Art, Jul/Aug 2013

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