A Jambu Fruit Dove flew right into my window and died! I found him on my balcony after work.
Some photos I took of my rabbits, and this beautiful pond full of huge and beautiful Koi Fish.
The truth about contemporary art
An interesting perspective on the sometimes perplexing nature of Contemporary Art. This video is by Vladamir London, fine artist and fine art teacher who has been in the art industry for 35 years, and founder of the Drawing Academy and Web Art Academy.
Jerudong Park, last year when it was still abandoned. Everyone is so happy that they have revived the park!
playing with sculpture
I made these sculptures and decided to photograph them quite a while back. It was just an experiment on lighting, colour and texture. I thought it would be quite a good idea for painting, and I was very much inspired by Will Cotton at the time.
Pg Dato Asmalee
Last Friday, the 26th of June 2014, we were lucky to have the very first established Bruneian artist, Pg Dato Asmalee hold a motivational talk for our art department at PTEM. He explained his life’s journey through art, and his passion and commitment to painting and creating. He is 73 years old and still producing amazingly detailed work! He explained to us, a style he developed called "Zikirism", which is similar to Pointillism - a technique of painting by applying dots of pure colour, but with the firm remembrance of Allah, as he is very much motivated by his Islamic beliefs. A lot of his paintings are actually based on Islamic Ideology. Mind you, he only became a full time artist after retirement, but he managed to produce a significant amount of paintings during his years working for the Brunei government. So it was a real inspiration to hear someone who has paved such a successful career doing what he loves, still very much motivated and happy to share his work with others. Below are a few of his paintings (they are not full versions, and unfortunately I did not manage to take down the titles of the paintings).
Every painting he showed us included a story and a moral, and that his paintings served as a visual diary of his thoughts.
Found some old photos of my studio space back in my 3rd year of University when I was obsessed with patterns. I had a nice little cubicle which I would work in from 9am - 9pm most days!
All The King’s Horses, And All The King’s Men, 2013
Acrylic on canvas over panel
96” x 72”
Born: 1987 in Exeter, England
Location: Los Angeles
Taking images from auction catalogs, artist Kour Pour translates intricately-patterned carpets onto paneled surfaces. The multi-step process is labor intensive, not to mention large – his work is 8 feet tall. First, Pour scans in the image of a rug and burns it on a silk screen. Then, he uses a broom to begin his underpainting (the texture gives it an appearance of a textile). Afterwards, he silkscreens the design to the panel and begins the work of painting every painstaking detail. The final step is to use an electrical sander to erase the painted surface and expose the layers of the under-painting. What results is work that looks like an faded, well-worn rug.
Pour is both British and Persian, and when he was younger, his father owned a rug shop in England. His work is tied to this past, as he explains in his artist statement:
Carpets were a part of my childhood growing up in England. I remember my Father’s rug shop, and how he would hand-dye sections of carpets that had faded away, in order to bring them back to their original colours. I felt that in doing this, my Father was making an effort to maintain all their history and meaning, as if he was bringing the carpets back to life. When I first moved to Los Angeles I had feelings of displacement and much like the faded carpets, I too felt a part of my history disappear. I started the carpet painting series and noticed how art and objects could play an increasingly important role in our diverse society. Through making these paintings I am constantly learning more about my background and the rich mix of culture that surrounds me and the carpets.
By recreating carpets, Pour highlights their meaning as object, as well as the implications of their surface design. They signify an object of privilege (as their originals come from an auction catalog), and our commodity-based consumer culture. Beyond that, the patterns of animals and men on horses is representational of globalization, a culture’s history, and more.
Check out his website:
A walk through Bandar
On a very early Sunday morning, I went location scouting in Bandar for an upcoming school project. It was a sunny day which made for great photos. I took the following photos with my IPhone 5 and edited them on Instagram.
A lady who was kind enough to demonstrate how to make the Ketupat.
Cultural and Tourism Gallery
New vs. Old house in Kg Ayer.
A Bright Yellow Home and interesting walkways.
Here, I will be
Vincent Van Gogh