Backyards and Botanics
solo oil painting show by TAN AI NGIN
Wednesday 19th January 2005 7 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level, Singapore 058757
Tel: 6226 2605
Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs till Sunday 30th Jan 2005

“…by the blue purple yellow red water

On the green purple yellow red grass

Let us pass through our perfect park.”

- From Sunday in

Sunday in the Park with George

by Stephen Sondheim

A firm proponent of plein-air painting, artist Tan Ai Ngin takes to the Singaporean outdoors with gusto, quickly capturing her verdant vistas with dexterous economy. Like the Impressionists before her, Ai Ngin builds up her sceneries with short strokes of a mix of bright colours, giving us her impression of the subtly-changing heat, light, colour and shadows that play before her eyes. In the past three years of building this collection, Ai Ngin has gravitated naturally to the lush botanical environments of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the nurseries of Mandai Orchid Gardens and Orchidville, and the sunny backyards of her adopted home in Tiong Bahru. In Ai Ngin’s hidden green oases, one discovers not just rich tropical colour, but a certain static serenity arising from lazy afternoons where the scorching sun has driven almost everyone else indoors.