10 artists to look out for at Art Stage Singapore 2015

Updated on February 25 2015

After a year of exciting art exhibitions in 2014, Art Stage Singapore 2015 will kick off this year’s visual arts calendar with a bang. Set to run its fifth course from 22 to 25 January 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Art Stage Singapore will feature a total of 145 galleries from more than 20 countries.

Presenting a diverse range of galleries, Art Stage Singapore may be overwhelming for some individuals. Thus, to help you stay ahead of the rest, we’ve shortlised 10 artists that you should look out for at Art Stage Singapore 2015.

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AES+F, Russia 

Known for their contemporary and brazen artworks, AES+F is a group of Russian artists who came under the art spotlight after showcasing their provocative masterpiece titled “Last Riot”.

Focusing on using photography, digital design and video editing techniques to express art, AES+F’s works have been displayed at numerous international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 2007.

Held within the “Special Exhibition” of Art Stage, AES+F will be presenting two artworks – “The Feast of Trimalchio” and “Allegoria Sacra”. Of these, what caught our attention was how the artists have effortlessly managed to juxtapose their subjects with the boldly coloured backgrounds.

To understand more more about the methodology these creatives employed in their artworks, be sure to pay them a visit.

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Paresh Maity, India

If you’d like to meet a master of Indian art, keep a lookout for Paresh Maity. A prolific painter, Maity has done 69 solo exhibitions in a span of 35 years.

For Art Stage Singapore 2015, Maity presents “Mystic Abode: An installation of Bells”. Depicting Maity’s dream home, the artwork is sculpted with more than 8,000 brass bells and hopes to reflect the desire of attaining inner peace.

Interested to find out more? Head over to Linda Gallery at Art Stage Singapore 2015 to catch the other artworks presented by Paresh Maity.

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Steve McCurry, Philadelphia, USA

Probably known as one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography, Steve McCurry is the man behind the famed photograph – “Afghan Girl”, which made it to the cover of a National Geographic magazine.

Crossing war-torn borders such as Pakistan and Afghanistan to shoot his photos, McCurry has cultivated the patience to capture photographs which accurately reflect the subjects’ emotions.

To experience the power of photography first-hand, make sure you look out for Steve McCurry’s exhibition booth.

 

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Titarubi, Indonesia

Made entirely out of metal and gold-plated nutmeg, Titarubi’s installation carries with it a dark story.

According to history, the Dutch once fought many wars with the English over the nutmeg found in Indonesia, a rare spice that was considered more expensive than gold then. It was also during that period that Banda held many imported slaves from Java and other Indonesian islands.

Thus, Titarubi, who grew up in Indonesia, felt that the best way to tell this story was by incorporating gold and nutmeg into his artwork, thereby allowing more to learn about Indonesia’s history.

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Fernando Botero, Columbia

Standing tall at the fair’s hall to welcome visitors, it is no wonder why this sculpture is titled “Standing Woman”. Designed and made by Columbian artist Fernando Botero, the “Standing Woman” is smooth with inflated shapes.

Inspired by various artistic themes that originated from the Middle Ages to the Italian quattrocento (15th century Italian art or architecture), Botero’s sculptures are usually continuations of his paintings and all bear the same inflated shapes.

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Joana Vasconcelos, Portugal

Featuring Viúva Lamego’s hand-painted tiles and handmade crochet parts, Joana Vasconcelos’s masterpiece alludes to the game of Tetris.

Inspired by the history of colonisation and how former empires (British, Ottoman, Spanish and Portuguese) have evolved, Vasconcelos hopes to portray how the past has helped to build and shape the modern world that we live in today, like the game of Tetris.

Entitled “Tetris 17th Century”, the tiles featured in this masterpiece were previously known as “azulejos”, and were most recognised and sought after in Portugal for their abstract and geometrical patterns. Constructing the installation out of these iconic tiles, Vasconcelos hopes to share with audiences the rich heritage behind her art work.

 

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Suzann Victor, Singapore 

Local artist Suzann Victor will be presenting her acclaimed masterpiece – “Contours of a Rich Manoeuvre” at Art Stage Singapore 2015. Displayed as a public artwork, this is certainly one piece you cannot miss.

Suspended from the ceiling, the installation of “Contours of a Rich Manoeuvre” consists of a row of red chandeliers, which swings like pendulums while the artist sketches out these movements, depicting a dramatic mid-air calligraphy.

 

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Yason Banal, Philipines

A master in the fields of photography, video, installation, text and many more, Yason Banal is one artist you cannot miss.

Known for his keen eye in being able to create new patterns, Banal draws his inspiration from the simple observations he makes in everyday life. Layering various textures over each other naturally, Banal creates abstract masterpieces that can be interpreted in various ways.

 

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Angela Tiatia, Samoa 

A curator and multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia’s works are being exhibited all over the world from places such as Los Angeles, Mexico City, New Zealand and Australia.

Most of her pieces explore the structure and changes of power between the forces of nature and how that affects the element of identity on different levels. Of all the videos and multimedia installations she produced, we loved her photographs the most.

Dynamic yet simple, Tiatia’s photographs proved that “less is more”. Most of her visuals taken are put through a simple filter, giving it a seemingly vintage and warm tone. We were also taken in by how her photographs spoke to us on a personal level even when they were candidly shot – it’s simply a visual experience you’ve got to see for yourself.

 

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Chris Chong, Malaysia, 

If you’re interested in the art of film and photography, be sure to check out Chris Chong’s pieces. Known for his unique visuals, Chong is a film maker and visual artist who focuses on experimenting and documenting moving images.

For Art Stage Singapore 2015, Chong will be presenting “Heavenhell”, an audio visual installation that depicts the streets of Koganecho, Japan. As Koganecho was considered to be very dangerous in the 1960s, there has been no visual documentation of the place.

Thus, by re-shooting the slum scene of Koganecho, Chong hopes to fill the gap in Japan’s history and re-create an experience that was lost. To see for yourself how surreal his pictures look, be sure to head down to the Southeast Asian booth at Art Stage Singapore 2015.

 

Joanne Chim loves art, writing and photography. When not writing, she's either out on her solo photography escapades or at quaint cafés sketching. Follow her @joannemarijo.