Maya Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Singapore artist Jeffrey Wandly, at the SINGAPORE CONTEMPORARY, Booth A08, 21–24 January 2016, Suntec City. Entitled “Building Whisperer”, the exhibition features recent landscape paintings using ink and acrylic on canvas.
On the shifting sands of fast-paced metropolitan Singapore, Jeffrey Wandly is capturing a visual diary of the past filled with intimate portraits of the energy and vitality of the places we have inhabited. The buildings he paints mark the sense of place, time and heritage in Singapore’s collective memory and physical experience.
Jeffrey Wandly is known for his distinctive style of fluid paint strokes which are created by pouring and swirling ink directly from the bottle. His affinity for music and nature enables him to find music in the environment, even in silence. Just like an orchestra score where the notes and lines all connect to form a composition, his paintings dance with their own frequency and energy, not unlike sound waves. “When I work it’s a spontaneity where I let gravity and a natural order flow.” Jeffrey prefers to let the medium take an organic, natural life of its own. When he paints, he is one with the medium, building structure and canvas. He does not merely recollect a past memory; he travels back to the building and continues the conversations as if he was actually physically present again.
It is thus not surprising that collectors of Jeffrey’s works have called him “Building Whisperer” because they connect to the conversations he has with buildings, and also able to recognise the soul of the buildings through his works.
While his first solo exhibition in Busan, Korea, explored the idea of man’s connection with buildings of worship across Asia, Building Whisperer, Jeffrey’s second solo show, hopes to show the connection Singaporeans, its visitors and residents, have with the built environment and in turn, how they contribute to an archive of memories in the iconic buildings around Singapore.
(The above is an excerpt from the exhibition catalog by art writer Pamela Ng).
MAYA GALLERY – BOOTH A08
Private View: Thursday, 21 January | 3.30pm (INVITATION ONLY) Vernissage: Thursday, 21 January | 5.30 – 9pm (INVITATION ONLY)
Friday, 22 January | 12 – 9pm Saturday, 23 January | 11am – 7pm Sunday, 24 January | 11am – 6pm
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 4 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593
JEFFREY WANDLY (b. 1964, Singapore) grew up with a love for drawing, learning, music and the outdoors. His childhood years were spent at his family home at Kampong Eunos, Singapore. At the age of 16, he became the school band conductor and leader, and Merit recipient at the Singapore Tourism Board’s Saces Sculptor Competition (1980). He also came in third (Seniors) at the Takashimaya National Student Painting Competition (1992). As the top Malay tertiary student, Jeffrey received the MENDAKI Excellence Award (1993) and the Architecture Angullia Scholarship (1987-89, 91-92). He excelled in his studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the National University of Singapore. He also holds a Masters of Project Management from Queensland University of Technology. Though he has built his career as an architect and project management professional, his passion for the arts never waned. Known for his works on heritage landmarks, painted in his own distinctive style of intuitive and fluid strokes, described as “fluid with bouncing and dancing lines”, Jeffrey has exhibited in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Korea.