Ink and Brush on Vegetable Parchment, Teck Kee Coffeeshop, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore, 11.7 x 18.5″, 2013.
It was breakfast time, Anthony, his wife and their two friends sat eating kaya toast and soft boiled eggs, each with a cup of “teh”.
My attention has been elsewhere of late. On the coffeeshop project. I would recommend you to look at the original artworks in the shop. The real value of art is in ones response to it rather than what one has heard about it:
“Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,
Not utter’d by base sale of chapmen’s tongues” Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost, 2.1.15
After realising Singapore’s ethnically diverse harmony, it appears empirically true that the co-habilitation of various religions is realistic. However, perhaps also illustrated by Singapore’s ethnically diverse culture, the largest of all differences is really just language.
The focus is driven onto the characters in this detailed painting. I wanted my audience to forget there was a context though it is there if you look for it. This is what it is, to be lost in conversation, as this uncle and these aunties were.
Teck Kee has been a regular place for me to draw and I should add that a number of early works are mounted on the walls here. It is a good idea to drop in, particularly around midday, when you can grab outstanding briyani from Nachin Briyani Dam, or some great Hong Kong style [Teck Kee] wanton mee. There are is also a Japanese style stall that gets quite busy at lunchtimes.