Arts: Singapore through Indian brush strokes

Arts: Singapore through Indian brush strokes
Dragon Fly: Farhad Hussain celebrates the Chinese icon by creating a scene in which a group of women are flying a dragon-shaped kite. However, the dragon appears almost lifelike, leering at the women.

SINGAPORE - With the Indian rupee having recently slid to a record low, it may be a good time to buy Indian art. And the Black Frame Project: Your Singapore exhibition might be a good place to start.

Firstly, it features 27 Indian artists - some well-known, others just emerging; some from Singapore, most from India - so you get a broad mix of styles, medium and content. Secondly, all the artists have been asked to interpret their perceptions of Singapore through art - making their works possibly special to the Singaporean viewer.

Thirdly, prices of the works range between $800 and $5,200, so you can find fairly good buys like a Farhad Hussain at $3,200 or a Mithu Sen at $4,200. Perceptions of Singapore

To be sure, these artworks are not large - each measures 24 by 24 inches (or 61 by 61 cms), because that was the stipulation made by Suman Aggarwal, director of Indigo Blue Art, which is exhibiting the 62 works. And some of the artists have managed to create strong, compact pieces on these medium-sized canvases.

Young artist and Orissa native Gopal Samantray, for instance, has created an evocative image of a lioness roaring against a synthetic-looking background of lightbulbs and gold tendrils.

The idea of the wild animal trapped in an unnatural habitat crying for help seems to reference Singapore's rapid urbanisation that sometimes overlooks conservation issues. Done in precise brushstrokes, it has been priced at a mere $1,300 - attractive for those on a budget.

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