I don't claim to be a person who understands art, I think my love for museums simply comes from the fact that I like quiet, uncrowded places that makes me feel relaxed and at ease. I do, however, believe that like fashion, a great piece of art can connect with you - if you let it. Interpret it however you want, it's all in the imagination.
Speaking of which, a good friend of mine, Simon Birch, came to Singapore to showcase his art at Palais Renaissance, and I had the honor of seeing the exhibition on its opening day (and enjoy a glass of vino with the artist himself).
Five years ago when I was a mere teenager (OK. just kidding, let's just say I was much younger), I was one of the few people who first modeled for Simon. Unfortunately the piece has been sold and I never got a chance to see it, but here is a photo of the piece before he painted it:
Now fast forward five years, and here we are:
A little about Simon:
Simon Birch is a U.K.-born artist, who is a permanent resident of Hong Kong, China. Although much of his work is and has been large, figurative oil paintings, over the last few years Birch has ventured into film and installation work culminating in some particularly notable large-scale projects: Azhanti High Lightning (2007, Singapore), This Brutal House (April 2008, Hong Kong) and the 20,000sq ft multimedia installation ‘HOPE & GLORY: A Conceptual Circus’ (April 2010, ArtisTree, Hong Kong) which represents a new level of integration of Birch’s conceptual, material and aesthetic concerns. These large multimedia projects included film, paintings, installation, sculpture, and performance housed in specifically configured spaces.
Birch is winner of the 2007 Louis Vuitton Asian Art award and is represented in Asia by independent art organisation, Future Industries, Hong Kong. His work has been featured and reviewed in many international publications, including Artforum, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, Time Out and the New York Times