Maya Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Singapore artist Jeffrey Wandly, at the ART EXPO MALAYSIA, Booth 15, from 20 till 23 October 2016. Entitled Bisikan Bangunan, which means \'conversations with buildings\' in Malay, the exhibition features the artist\'s recent paintings using ink and acrylic on canvas.
After a successful solo exhibition at the Singapore Contemporary 2016, Jeffrey Wandly continues to capture 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 Malaysia and 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 Jeffrey’s first solo in Busan, Korea explored the idea of man’s connection with buildings of worship across Asia; his second showed 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. Bisikan Bangunan, Jeffrey\'s third solo exhibition, hopes to continue the conversations on our visual heritage.
(The above is an excerpt from the exhibition catalog by art writer Pamela Ng).
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.
MAYA GALLERY Dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art by Singapore artists, Maya Gallerystarted with a passion in the arts, and a keen sense of design and architecture. Originally opened in the historic district of Kampong Gelam in 2012, the gallery moved in 2015 to Ubi, an industrial estate historically known for its high concentration of automotive businesses and factories. Now a commercial hub combining the old and new – design and media, a hotbed of entrepreneurial activities, Maya Gallery aims to add more of the arts, culture and heritage into the area through its curated exhibitions, programmes, art and design consultancy, and community projects. On the international front, Maya Gallery has exhibited in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Korea through participation at international art fairs and gallery collaborations. It is a member of the Art Galleries Association Singapore (AGAS) and was awarded Favourite Recommended Art Gallery at the Expat Living Reader Awards 2014.