SOLD OUT: BEGIN AGAIN – A NEW JOURNEY The ninth solo exhibition by renowned Singapore artist Ms Christine Mak
Singapore artist sold all 40 paintings valued at more than $100,000 within two days!
Singapore, 11 April 2007 –SOLD OUT! One of Singapore’s most prominent visual artists from the third generation has sold out her first exhibition in five years, all before the exhibition was even opened to the public.
Valued at more than S$100,000, all of Christine Mak’s 40 paintings in her exhibition Begin Again – A New Journey were quickly snapped up by buyers made up of mainly corporate and private art collectors in record time during the private preview and official opening last week. Meanwhile, members of the public will still be able to view the sold paintings at the Gallery, The Arts House, from now till 15 April 2007, admission is free.
Said Mr Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of National Arts Council: “I am so glad this exhibition by a major third generation artist has sold all the works on the opening day. This augurs well for Singapore art. It shows that we now have a society that appreciates and supports the creation of good art. I hope the overwhelming success of this exhibition will inspire other aspiring artists to pursue their art with the same passion and dedication as Christine and reassure them that there is a market for good art.”
A celebrated Master of the Lingnan style of Chinese brush painting, Ms Christine Mak has been acknowledged as one of the pillars of the third generation Singaporean artists along with the likes of Goh Beng Kwan and Tay Bak Koi. This ninth exhibition in her career as a full-time artist since 1986, Begin Again – A New Journey is a personal collection that took Ms Mak five years to complete and all of the new works were inspired by her experiences and observations gathered from her wide travels through rural communities in Shantou, in the province of Guangzhou in China.
Ms Christine Mak’s individual style of the usage of rich colours and minimal brush strokes exemplifies the fusion of her learning from Western painting and the Lingnan style of Chinese Brush painting. It is this unique style of hers that attracted the attention of many admirers since her debut solo exhibition in 1986.
Said an overjoyed Ms Mak: “As a Singapore artist, this is indeed a heart-warming moment and I’m thankful for all the interests and appreciation garnered by my paintings. It’s great to have received the continued support from my many past associates and new friends I’ve met during this exhibition. I’m especially grateful to the National Arts Council (NAC) and The Arts House for making this possible and I hope to see more young artists in Singapore joining me in this fulfilling journey of art-making!”
Mr Colin Goh, General Manager of The Arts House added: “This is the first time that a Singapore artist’s exhibition held at The Arts House is sold out even before it is opened to the public and we’re very happy for Christine! The corporate and private art collectors who have come forward to support this exhibition have demonstrated not just their appreciation of Christine’s art but also their confidence in the intrinsic value of investing in the Singapore’s arts industry. The Arts House has always been supporting Singapore artists’ exhibitions held here, many of which have also done well, and we will continue to showcase and promote Singapore artists and arts through our various platforms.”
Begin Again – A New Journey continues through 15 April 2007, from 10am to 9pm daily, at the Gallery, The Arts House, admission is free. This exhibition is supported by the National Arts Council and The Arts House. Part of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to the Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT-BAF).
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Officially opened on 26 March 2004, The Arts House at the Old Parliament is the only gazetted historic government building which has been designated as an arts and heritage venue. The 180-year-old national monument was originally built in 1827 as a home for a Scottish merchant but subsequently became Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House. The Arts House is now a multidisciplinary arts centre that offers visitors the opportunity to create their own mix of activities from a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts events, entertainment and lifestyle options. The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg.
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