Old shophouse, Before reconstruction, Amoy st.,Chinatown, Singapore
You won’t find this anymore in Singapore! Reconstruction of these classic buildings is all done by now. So I’m all the more glad that I attempted some representation of these old buildings, vacated, overgrown with plants , waiting to be rebuilt.
This kind of building, the 'shop house', is a common structure found in South East Asia and certainly in Malaysia & Singapore. The older style of architecture though is getting less and less. The old ones left in Singapore have mostly now been beautifully restored. The character comes out in the old windows and the seeming random design from one shop house to the next. My paintings on this subject are mainly of this old architectural style I found in Singapore.
Here is one of my earlier works on this subject, dating back to when I was residing in Singapore.
The paper I use is a traditional mulberry paper handmade in Thailand. Mulberry leaves are used there to feed the silkworm in the silk industry, the sticks used to make the paper. The resulting paper is a thick parchment paper, strong yet pliable. I have the paper made to this size to get the deckled edges which adds to the textural effect.The close up picture is of higher resolution to be able to get a feel for the texture of the paper and brush strokes of the painting. There is also a simpler pen & ink version in black & white also posted.
Interested to have your idea painted in this style? Maybe a historical landmark, your home , a storyboard collage from a recent travel, or event? Contact me.
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Packaging for my small paintings like this one is sealed in plastic sleeve, sealed in a padded hard plastic file case, and envelope covering. Please note that you can purchase in one order up to 6 paintings of this same size (small painting category) or smaller to be included in the same 1 shipping fee.
acrylic colour on handmade Thai mulberry paper (kada sa), deckled edge