South-east Asia is in the spotlight at the Singapore Biennale that opens this week, but local artists are getting their space too in gallery shows.
In his first solo after a successful Italian outing, 23-year-old painter Ruben Pang had already sold out his works before his show at Chan Hampe Galleries opened last Thursday. Given the interest in Pang's work, gallerist Benjamin Hampe has decided to show his work at the top-end contemporary art fair, Art Stage Singapore, in January. "Collectors just cannot seem to get enough of him," says Mr Hampe. "I know some of them were disappointed, but I want them to know there is a lot more to Ruben, the artist. They will get to see it at Art Stage in January."
At Galerie Michael Janssen in Gillman Barracks, film-maker and artist Ho Tzu Nyen presents his first solo exhibition in Singapore since his 2003 art and film installation, Utama - Every Name In History Is I at The Substation. The artist, who represented Singapore at the 2011 Venice Biennale, has been making his mark on the international scene with a solo at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo last year and a screening of his Venice piece, The Cloud Of Unknowing, at the Sundance Film Festival last year.
The surprise show on the visual arts scene though is composer Dick Lee, who is better known as the creator of hit musicals such as Beauty World and Fried Rice Paradise. Between lending his magic touch as creative director to the multi-million-dollar fantasy musical Lightseeker, which will be staged at Resorts World Sentosa from next month, he has found time to flex another artistic muscle. Lee the visual artist presents his works at Galerie Belvedere in an exhibition that opens on Thursday.