Old Shophouses, Singapore 2013
acrylic color on Thai handmade mulberry paper (kada sa), 22 x 30 in., 55 x 70 cm.
This kind of building, the shophouse is a common structure found in South East Asia. The older style as in this painting are 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 seemingly random design from one shop house to the next. And they tend to look good as a painting.
In this painting I was able to leave the very top and bottom strip free from colour which helps to bring out the paper’s natural texture.
The paper I use is a traditional mulberry paper handmade in Thailand. The 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 better feel for the texture and brush strokes of the painting. 3rd picture is the project in its early stages.
Interested to have your idea painted in this style? Maybe a storyboard collage from a recent travel, your house or street? Contact me. .
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Hidden Treasure Art eMagazine on FlipSnack I'm on p.16-17, 26
Hidden Treasure Art Magazine Yearbook 2015 on FlipSnack I'm on p.49
Acrylic colour, handmade paper