Queen Bees and Drones
Male Nature, Female Nurture
a solo exhibition by MARTIN LOH of
Peranakan paintings and studies of the male form
FRIDAY 19th December 2003 7 pm
SPACE 21, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road #03-01, Singapore 088444.
12noon-4pm by appointment only, call Utterly Art at 62262605 or 94872006.
Closed Mondays, Xmas Eve, Xmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day
The exhibition runs through to Sunday 4th January 2004.
Martin Loh's iconic Peranakan matriarchs and children have been a mainstay of his artistic practice for more than a decade, but this is giving way to increasingly more sensual works. The dutiful nurturing mother nursing her offspring is being supplanted by bare-bodied men at play and in action, studies of the male form by an appreciative artist who is unashamed of who he is by nature. While he has applied his usual naive mixed media approach and skillful outline tracings to depict men before, this exhibition introduces his latest male incarnations, sweet young things in light pastel, colour pencil and acrylic, coy, with obvious blushes in their cheeks. The nonya women become larger than life, leaping to prominence on larger canvases, while a selection of previous favourites is also presented. Queen Bees and Drones showcases the duality of Martins practice as described in the adage something old, something new, something borrowed and most definitely blue.
The exhibition contains artistic images of nudity; please do not attend if this offends. Parents please exercise discretion with your children.