Not surprisingly, Banksy works exceed expectations at London urban art auctions. Two spray paintings by Banksy were sold for an above-estimate 120,000 pounds ($234,000) each in a London sale of urban art recently.
Two pieces of artwork, including the one on the left, had been expected to fetch up to 50,000 pounds and 80,000 pounds each. Both were bought by telephone bidders. The 146-lot sale in an industrial space in Shoreditch, east London, the first of its type ever organized by a regional auction house, totaled 801,204 pounds with fees against an estimate of 672,000 pounds to 977,000 pounds, with 89 percent of the lots sold during the three-hour event, the company said.
In emotionally-charged monolithic portraits and dark panoramic landscapes, Picture’s Not Perfect by Melvin Culaba delves into the psyche of the artist and his society. Each canvas plays out almost as a psycho-social mystery, where the viewer seeks to uncover the impetus behind the situational drama and underlying melancholy that permeates each composition.
Time: April 30 till May 10 2008
Tues-Sun 11.30am-7pm. Mon and public holidays by appt only. Closed on Thurs, May 1.
Venue: Forth Gallery (above Bee Cheng Hiang)
Address: 69A Pagoda Street (Level 2), Chinatown MRT Exit A, Singapore
Casting an unconventional eye on the futile things in life – that’s what makes Pierre-Arnaud Gillet tick. Seen through his lens, the invisible becomes outstanding and the insignificant, sublime. The floor-markings are transformed into part-painting, part-raw material, part-photographic pictures. An astonishing representation of an unsuspected reality that P-A Gillet’s precise eye composes through the lens, thus breathing new life into these once hidden treasures. This photography series has been realised in April 2006 in Hong Kong.
Blue Lotus Gallery is at the heart of Fotan Art village, Hong Kong’s most vibrant art community. Discover this wonderful bohemian spot and its many talented artists. Meet Christopher Ku, one of Hong Kong’s most magnificent abstract oil painters.
This year over a half a million people filled Victoria Park for the Hong Kong Flower Show 2008. The major theme was of course, “Vibrant Blossoms for Beijing Olympics. Participants from around the world created fantastical floral worlds. The spectacular event was accented with drawing, dancing, music and photography competitions. The best part of all is the reward at the end. All of the healthy plants are given to local agencies to keep the beauty alive all year long.
Forget about entertainment, it’s all about “paintertainment” now. Meili-Melo Ltd’s Living Arts Cafe started as an ad hoc freestyle group painting party, and has now developed into a highly successful creative services company with a list of major corporate clients, including Hermes. You will be given a 85 x 120 cm canvas, unlimited acrylic paint, sponges, brushes and spatulas and the rest is up to you.
Unlimited healthy juice drinks are supplied but my friends and I usually bring our own alcohol to help stimulate the flow of creative juices.