|Mon Nov 2 2015, 10:00am–10:00pm|
|Sun Nov 8 2015, 10:00am–10:00pm|
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Expressions of a Nation SG50
Having created itself from scratch in a single generation, Singapore is part theme park and part grand social experiment. The idea of Singapore as a separate political entity is quite recent, the city was part of the Malayan Federation, which gained independence from Britain in 1963,
While societal planning has a dismal track record worldwide, Singapore is one lone success. It all started in the 1960’s tiny, a resource-poor, racially divided country dependent on less-than-friendly neighbors for food and even drinking water. With the steadfast leadership of the Stalwart Mr. Lee Kuan Yew by 2001 Singapore is a country that has become one the richest states in the world, boasts a superb quality of life, and has rigorously avoided the ethnic strife which plagues almost every other multi-ethnic nation
Singapore's leaders reacted in a manner completely unlike the corrupt venality or shortsighted demagoguery we so often associate with politicians; they were more like university professors working on a case study. They simply planned out their long-term vision for the new nation and set it on course.
Rising from rags to riches in three short decades, Singapore managed to create for itself an enviable combination of towering financial centers, lush green spaces, high class shopping malls and down home hawker centers.
Singaporeans across diverse communities in the act of reflecting, interacting and expressing their thoughts, feelings and hopes for the nation have been caught and encapsulated by Lakshmi in her art, the Exhibition “Expressions SG50” encapsulates the emotions of the people of Singapore in the last 50 years journey which has not been easy, there were moments of Joy, Fright, Sadness, Anger all such emotion’s are Singing through Lakshmi’s Brush and paint in her compilation of Paintings.
Artist BIO Lakshmi Mohanbabu
Lakshmi is a Singaporean who grew up in Kabul Afghanistan during the late 70’ and 80’s. She is a trained architect (B.Arch) and a Fashion designer who graduated from the leading Fashion Design College, The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) New Delhi. She has over the past two decades taught fashion design, illustration, design history in various fashion institutes such as Lassalle School of the Arts and NIFT. She has illustrated WHO books on disability and done a lot of socially conscious work over the past decades.
Over the years she has studied Art, Architecture, Jewelry and Design all over the world with significant time especially in Europe and the Asia Pacific. This has enabled her to incorporate cross-cultural elements in her designs be it in painting, jewelry or art.
She has a passion for art not restricting herself to painting but in the design of jewelry, Furniture and shoes. She has a plethora of work with over 300 paintings in various mediums such as Pen and Ink, Pencil Color, Charcoal, Acrylic and Watercolors.
SG50 – Collection – “Expressions SG 50”
Inspired by Chinese Opera emotions to depict the various emotions of the nation from despair to joy. Lakshmi has chosen a minimalist modern stylistic approach in the depiction of the various expressions in this series of 20 paintings. (Size 70cm by 100cm) Medium Acrylic.
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