More to come!
ANIA is a skincare company that is inspired by Africa's ancient wisdom. Disenchanted by the deep moral and ethical crisis in the skincare industry, founders Mehdi and Fern embarked on a mission to find unique botanicals, oils and minerals from remote, untouched regions. Turns out, the African continent has plenty of that and a luxurious skincare line using a bespoke blend of science and Africa’s most powerful and unique natural ingredients was born.
FIN (which stands for Finicky in Nature) is a design outfit that makes meticulously crafted aprons, totes and workwear out of carefully sourced fabrics and repurposed elements. A lot of their work involves restoring worn and torn denimwear through Boro stitching – a Japanese principle of extending the life of a piece of clothing and avoiding wastage by patching it up with scraps of fabric. Handmade in Singapore, his goods are used by some of Singapore’s most illustrious baristas, bartenders and craftsmen alike.
Mmerci Encore is a love-project of writer, dreamer and essential oil trader, Alli, who handcrafts artisanal aromatherapy goods inspired by bathing and bedtime rituals. Each small-batch preparation is infused with 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, including the Mint Crema Hand & Body Cleanser created exclusively for SPRMRKT and used in our restroom. A pea-sized application is enough to leave hands fresh and tingling, making the bottle go a long way for you.
Kamilinen is the culmination of interior designer and founder Alyn’s desire for the community to share in the underrated properties of linen. Frustrated by the lack of quality home textiles in Singapore, she seeked out linen from Lithuania – a country naturally endowed with flax – and has been designing and spinning her own collection of table and kitchen linen since.
The tale of Byrd Hairdo began with one man’s quest to look slick. Inspired by his great-grandfather’s hair tonic, barbershop and an era of glorified grooming, Californian professional surfer Chase ‘Big Bird’ Wilson created a modern-day pomade collection that guarantees effortless style for any hold and sheen.
Birthed from founder Jeannie Chew’s own battle with skin problems in her 20s, she now makes and sells her own soap bars with a commitment to being natural. Made from pure essential oils and cold-processed so that naturally occurring glyerine and oils are not damaged, her hand & body soaps are suitable for all skin types, including those who suffer from extreme sensitivity. SPRMRKT is proud to be a retailer of her 7 most popular fragrances.
Industrial designer Edwin Low started Supermama in 2011 with the intention of spending a year off with his wife and family, and fulfill their dreams of opening a shop. They had no concrete business plan except to showcase what they felt were ‘good and well made objects’ – a philosophy that continues to guide their curation today.
Since a chance encounter with counterparts from a 400 year old Japanese porcelain producing company helped to kickstart an on-going collaboration, they have had porcelain collections made by Japanese craftsmen through the Singapore Icons Studio Project – a collection that eventually won them the Design Of The Year award in 2013. A fierce champion of the Singaporean designer, Supermama’s products are representative of those who want to take home a piece of local design culture.
Kenny Leck always knew he wanted to set up a business and growing up with many books made opening BooksActually almost a natural progression. Since starting out at university book bazaars in 2005, he has come a long way in growing his stall into what is now Singapore’s leading independent bookstore. As a strong proponent of Singaporean literature, he also uncovers and offers local talents an opportunity to turn their manuscripts into books through BooksActually’s own publishing arm, Math Paper Press.
Using only natural ingredients such as beeswax, essential oils and other botanicals, Daphne Tan pours small batches of handmade candles from her fragrance atelier. She believes smells affect the psyche and uses therapeutic grade essential oils such as Moroccan pure rose damascena oil and soft burnable soywax to create delicious, mood-lifting scents with a great scent throw. The negative ions released when burning beeswax also promises to neutralise pollutants and lift your spirits whatever the time of day.
ACRE's products are fuelled by the joy its founders find in creating things when their office hours end — and when their work transforms into explorative play. Co-founded in 2011 by T Y Zheng and Jason Song, ACRE is foremost a multi-disciplinary design office that focuses on branding, graphic, space, objects, and experience.
Started by two siblings born in the year of the rabbit, Ker-Shing and En-Ming used to give out their mum’s homemade chilli as gifts, only to be told how amazing it was. Having eaten it themselves for the past 15 years and consequently, undergone the rigorous vetting of picky children and even fussier grandchildren, it is now available for all to enjoy. Because we also believe it makes everything better, smoky chilli features regularly in our catering menus.
Second Helpings began as a labour of love that resulted from a messy afternoon of alchemy and downright artistry. Having observed the inner workings of her husband Ezra’s crazy obsession with peanut butter, Tannie experimented creating the beenut butter – using honey instead of sugar and leaving out all the additives in a commercial jar. We have since jumped on board the #BeenutRevolution – blending it into our Peanut Butter Banana smoothies and using it as filling for our Christmas croquembouche in 2015.
Pin Tea was conceived by a group of local tea lovers inspired by the stories behind iconic neighbourhoods around Singapore. Partnering with a century-old heritage tea merchant, Pin Tea uses only organic premium full-leaf teas and herbs grown exclusively for them by urban rooftop farm, Comcrop, to create experience blends that capture the spirit of each locale and evoke memories of a time gone by. Select brews from the Singapore Series are currently served in SPRMRKT.
Born into a family that runs a food business, founder and former biologist, Angeline Lee, always shared a love affair with food. During a trip to Bali, she tasted the raw, clean cacao that would become a key ingredient in her line of raw nut clusters, BRUNEUS (Latin for ‘dark brown’). Strongly believing in creating healthy food that not only tastes great but also safe for the environment and community, her products boast huge nutritional profiles, with ingredients obtained exclusively through organic farming.
While travelling in the Philippines, co-founder Terry chanced upon pili nuts – a superfood unique to the region – and launched Pili Pushers™ to introduce them to the world. Because the process of harvesting pili nuts is painstakingly time and labour intensive, the firm takes the opportunity to work with independent Philippine farmers to provide them with a sustainable income while ensuring the process is earth-friendly.
To increase the already plenty nutrition content, Pili Pushers employ an activation and dehydration technique. The entire process from harvesting to processing is done by hand. Area farmers climb trees barefoot and harvest the fruit and shell the nuts with a traditional bolo knife. The process takes days to complete, but minimises the environmental impact.
Export officer-turned-entrepreneur Jacqueline Koay founded Poppy & Co. after an inspired trip through New York City. With a philosophy of gathering gourmet food from around the world, in order to introduce new creations that harmonise different flavours and textures, her debut range of specialty products make use of speculoos – tweaked to be less sweet and subtly spiced to suit the Singaporean palate. SPRMRKT currently retails its Speculoos Cookie Butter Chocolate.
As passionate proponents of good food, KL-based Amazin’ Graze uses quality raw ingredients to create fun flavour combinations that will shift the way you snack. Their nuts and granolas are handmade in small batches to create fresh and nutritious alternatives fit for all-day grazing.
As a budding design architect back in 2000, Herbert Salim worked almost 15 hour days under stressful conditions, and looked to widely propagated methods of exercising and eating ‘healthy’ to maintain his health. But when his body continued to be plagued with ailments following the birth of his 2 children, he was inspired by the hunter-gatherer lifestyle to take full control of the food he puts in his body.
The Hunters’ Kitchenette is now an extension of his daily life – serving as a medium for the family to share truly healthy, minimally processed food in the form of pure nut butters that they consume at home. Each jar is made with nuts sourced from where they are best grown, lightly roasted in-house to preserve fatty acids and ease nutrient absorption, then mixed with less than a teaspoon of low GI coconut palm sugar and unrefined Celtic sea salt for a wholesome 3-ingredient nut butter.
Created in accordance with the principles of mindfulness and healthfulness, Mekhala Living believes in wellness that begins with nourishment from the inside out. By working with the farming community in Northern Thailand to procure fairtrade organic ingredients, they have created authentic, 100% vegan Asian dressings and condiments that make incorporating nutrients into everyday eating a simple task.
Chocolatier and entrepreneur, Ning, ventured into chocolate making by melding his interest in fermentation with cacao – an industry with a long history in his native Malaysia. By paying particular attention to the origins of cacao beans and the process of fermentation to yield flavourful, single origin chocolate, he hopes it will find newfound appreciation among increasingly conscious chocolate consumers. Foremost a service provider, he takes care to match people with a chocolate of their liking and continues to visit cacao farms across the world in his quest for flavourful cacao.
The story of Frantoi Cutrera is one of a family’s century-long dedication to the cultivation of olive trees and production of extra virgin olive oil. Since 1906, the Cutrera family has been caring for the trees that flourish on the 50 hectares of south-facing, hilly terrain in Chiaramonte Gulfi, a small village southeast of Sicily. Experienced oil masters in their own right, the olives are harvested by hand and pressed within 6 hours of picking, capturing all the flavours and scents of the olive that have made their oils one of the most awarded in the world.
Papa’s Grove is an initiative undertaken by a pair of Greek brothers at the height of the Greek economic crisis that cost Petros his office job. Wondering what to do next, the duo identified that there is a lack of truly tasty, healthy and reliable Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the world and particularly in Asia where Andreas has spend the last decade of his life. Going back to their roots, the siblings decided to finally take advantage of their invaluable inheritance and produce and label their very own Extra Virgin Olive Oil from their family’s olive groves in the Peloponnese!
Honey harvested in Asia is often overshadowed by those that originate from other parts of the world—think Leatherwood Honey from Tasmania and Sourwood Honey from the Appalachian mountains. Singapore-based Cerana Honey is looking to put Southeast Asian honey on the map by raising awareness of and nurturing appreciation for the natural syrup produced by Eastern honeybees. By harvesting honey only by extraction without pasteurization from their farm in northern Thailand, their honeys are sustainable and showcase unique flavours found in the region.
Soul Coffee is a boutique coffee label founded by Australian-Vietnamese Quang Tran, whose family has background in the coffee industry, and James Snee, who arrived in Vietnam from England 16 years ago and has been mesmerised by the country's coffee culture since. Produced in Ho Chi Minh City, they are paving the way for the world to recognise and enjoy both traditional and artisanal Vietnamese coffee through their custom blends and range of equipment, shedding new light on a lesser-known way of appreciating Vietnamese coffee.
Art exhibitions are held every few months to promote local and emerging artists, as well as established contemporary artists from around the world. As an organizer and venue, SPRMRKT provides this diverse portfolio of artists a fun and engaging platform to express themselves and reach out to a wider audience.
For enquiries on how to exhibit or purchase art from past and current shows, do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition: HDB Homes Of Singapore: The Photo Exhibition [ 12 Apr 2017 – 27 Jun 2017 ]
HDB Homes Of Singapore is a pictorial journey portraying the diversity, culture, individuality, colours and creativity inside HDB homes.
What started out as a chance meeting and friendly conversation between husband-and-wife duo, Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki, the Japanese artists behind Keyakismos, as well as Tomohisa Miyauchi, a senior lecturer at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, developed into a collaboration with the latter helping to realise their ideas and passion of publishing a book that showcases the imaginatively created spaces of HDB homes.
Having visited, learned about and documented 118 HDB homes over the course of three years, the trio launched their 700-page photobook at the National Design Centre on 4th March 2017. By showcasing the homes of people of different cultures, generations and backgrounds living in harmony, they provide fresh insight to what may seem as a mundane space to most Singaporeans. Each photograph demonstrates the beauty of everyday life that exists within public housing and captures the ambience of the space in spite of the man or man in action, evoking memories as well as emotions.
Now exhibiting at SPRMRKT, Keyakismos and Tomohisa Miyauchi personally selected images from this photobook to be reprinted and exclusively displayed as unique prints for sale.
The Rain Is Coming [ 22 Mar 2017 – 26 Apr 2017 ]
As a contemporary Chinese ink painter who lives and works in Singapore, Terence Tan Chee Wah is greatly inspired by the urbanisation of the environment, and continually seeks to explore the delicate co-existence of man and nature within the rapid developments that take place around him.
Although formally trained in Western painting traditions and techniques, Terence learnt the craft of Chinese ink painting from the Singaporean master Tan Oe Pang, leading him to develop a series of art works portraying the existing landscapes within Singapore with a focus on highlighting the beauty of nature.
As the artist expresses, “My painting is not a reproduction of reality. It is the essence of my engagement with reality through my senses.”
After obtaining a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Nanyang Academy if Fine Arts in 1990, and thereafter, a Bachelor of Art (Design) with a major in Multimedia from Curtin University of Technology in 1997, he continued his education by pursuing a Masters in Electronic Arts from Middlesex University in 2004.
Terence has participated in various competitions and exhibitions in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Australia and the U.K..
Wrapping . Reflections . Unfolding . [ 21 Feb 2017 – 21 Mar 2017 ]
Painted in 2017 with its inaugural exhibition at SPRMRKT Daily, the triptych "Wrapping . Reflections . Unfolding .” exemplifies Jau's ability to create personal spaces where feelings of beauty and joy can harmoniously co-exist along with formality and precision.
By juxtaposing controlled lines of colour against the natural grain of timber, Jau depicts strong visual energy with the intention to communicate a familiar relationship we all experience in life—one balanced between restraint and desire, nature and nurture—skilfully presented in a plateau of merging emotions.
Born in Malacca, Malaysia in 1980, Jau Goh graduated from the Architecture School in the University of Western Australia and currently lives and works in Singapore.
As a mandala artist who focuses on the reflective, meditative and rhythmic method of creation, Jau incorporates these processes into her contemporary paintings by transcending positive energy into her works.
THE CITY BOOK—SINGAPORE [ 14 Jan 2017 – 21 Feb 2017 ]
A busy street corner, a crumbling wall, an open window — ordinary places can be associated with stories through the unique experiences of individuals, and these narratives are what breathes life into a city.
Containing a series of unique stories told from the perspectives of contemporary local artists, each of them brings us on a personal journey of life in Singapore, with stories that reflect the diverse perspectives of culture, exploring themes including urban isolation, nostalgia, nature, and life in transitory spaces. These stories are supplemented by art to reflect their unique relationships with different elements of the city.
The artists represented in THE CITY BOOK—SINGAPORE are: Charles Lim, Dawn Ng, Genevieve Chua, Hilmi Johandi, Robert Zhao Renhui, Sarah Choo Jing, Shubigi Rao & Tang Ling Nah.
Curated and created by the founder of Production Q, Queenie Rosita Law, THE CITY BOOK — SINGAPORE combines both art and adventure. Each narrative, each anecdote and each work of art reveals a facet of the city’s character and identity, weaving together the rich tapestry that is Singapore’s culture.
SAKURA—Beyond The Light [ 10 Feb 2017 – 28 Mar 2017 ]
Paying homage to the natural beauty of cherry blossoms through a series of mixed media art works, the exhibition aims to inspire and engage the senses by blurring the lines between each of the mediums, culminating in an expression of altered reality.
By juxtaposing the mediums of limited edition prints, photography and paint, Queenie deftly elevates the status of each creation by operating beyond the confines of two-dimensionality. By layering each canvas with complementary or contradictory strokes of paint, she creates a sense of mystery by concealing parts of the underlying photograph, leading the eye to fill in pieces of the landscape.
Born in Hong Kong, and a graduate of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a degree in Graphic Design specializing in experimental image making, Queenie Rosita Law's interest in storytelling and capturing ephemeral moments in life is a fundamental aspect of her work as a visual artist and image-maker. Blending photography and paint to highlight an instance or a mood that all-too-easily slips away imbues her work with a deeply felt sentiment to move and inspire. Her works have been exhibited in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Hong Kong [ 01 Dec 2016 – 31 Jan 2017 ]
"What you choose to keep may not be what life chooses to keep for you."
Born and raised in Singapore, Aik Beng Chia holds a full time jobs as a designer at a global advertising agency. His love for photography was discovered not too long ago in 2008 when he was taking random shots with his iPhone. He went onto actively photography for personal pleasure, occasionally shooting for commercial projects. Aik Beng does not consider himself a travel photographer and in fact does not quite acknowledge his work as street photography. Instead, he captures the zeitgeist of daily life photography.
Xiang1 Gang3 pays homage to everyday life in Hong Kong, where Aik Beng scheduled in 2 trips to get enough coverage for his self-published travel zine. However, on his way back to Singapore from his second trip, his hard drive, which would have contained at least half the images in this travel zine, was stolen from him on the plane and never retrieved.
This extract is taken out of his travel zine and also the subtext of this otherwise striking show of city life, from the perspective of one humble visitor, in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in Asia. Known to be materialistic in culture, this exhibition acts as a reminder that nothing is ours forever and if we can embrace the fact that some things do not belong to us, life would be simpler. Even cities, at times, do not get to choose their own destiny—Hong Kong, a former British colony, tried to find her own feet outside of China's grip but her fate was decided for her.
This one incident may have been personal but it certainly speaks volumes.
Greed [ 04 Dec 2016 – 13 Jan 2017 ]
Creating a colourful universe full of irony and humour, Chang Yu’s illustrations juxtapose joy against melancholy, hope against courage—all set against a backdrop of loveable characters. Her keen observation of everyday quirks provides her with an endless supply of inspiration, and fuels her ability to create memorable visual landscapes, representing life in all of its layers and contrasts.
Born and raised in Singapore, Chang Yu is an artist with a penchant for all things nostalgic. An old soul who draws inspiration from days long gone, vintage memories mean more to her than just faded furnishings and old movies.
Iron Rust II [ 26 Oct 2016 – 27 Nov 2016 ]
One of six paintings in the Strata Morphosis series, Iron Rust II is a sheet of grey transformed into a rusty textured surface. The use of highlight areas in yellow creates the illusion of spots of light on the otherwise dulled out surface.
Lakshmi Mohanbabu is a Singaporean who grew up in Kabul Afghanistan during the late 70’s and 80’s. She is a trained architect from the Manipal Institute of Technology and a fashion designer who graduated from the leading Fashion Design College, The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) New Delhi.
"Strata Morphosis is based on the idea of change and layers gathered through the cycle of life. The start of life provides a new canvas that is literally painted on by life and the influence of our surroundings on us as life goes by. These varied influences have an effect on our looks, our personalities and our behaviour patterns. At the youth phase of this cycle is when these influences have maximum appeal to a viewer, a fleeting period after which additional layers and influences start to layer up. Strata Morphosis is about a snap shot capturing that fleeting moment in time.
These concepts of ageing, the cycle of life, influences on life and continuity were often discussed at home. The idea that everything, be it a tree, a person or a plate of copper ages and withers gathers moss or wrinkles, shrivel up and morph with time, relates to life and change."
Diagonale du Fou [ 29 Sep 2016 – 29 Nov 2016 ]
Not immediately translatable, the title refers to the various edges and planes of consciousness and reality that are connected through Llouquet’s non-linear, multi-layered, preternatural drawings – the ‘crazy diagonals’.
Born in 1975 in Montpellier, France, Sandrine Llouquet has lived in Vietnam since 2008. She graduated from École Pilote Internationale d’Art et de Recherche — Villa Arson in 1999. A dynamic contributor to the development of contemporary art in Vietnam, she was a founding member of Wonderful District, a project that promoted contemporary art through exhibitions, concerts and theatre pieces, as well as a member of Mogas Station, a Vietnam-based artist collective. Llouquet's work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and Tate Modern, London. She has also participated in a number of biennales with Mogas Station such as the Singapore Biennale (2006), the Shenzhen Biennale (2007), and in Migration Addicts — a collateral event of the 52nd Venice Biennale.
She is now the director of Salon Saigon, a new art space in Ho Chi Minh City. An ambitious new project is also on show in KENPOKU Art 2016 in Ibaraki, Japan through November 20, 2016.
Words Within [ 27 Jul 2016 – 27 Sep 2016 ]
Words Within is a personal creative project, featuring a series of steampunk inspired, cheeky 3D lettering art that took seven months to put together. By combining lettering with funny quotes, she has expressed her thoughts and feelings of being apart from someone (or something) very dear, through 10 words that flip to reveal a secret message. Designed to delight and encourage, these spinning works of acrylic seek to bring to light those words within.
Ruth Tan started her crafting journey in her childhood years with beaded figurines, embroidery and typography. She now teaches rubber-stamp carving, bookbinding, modern calligraphy and brush lettering through her studio, The Workroom. She is most popularly signed up for her modern calligraphy workshops and has had all her weekly classes sold out since the start of 2015.
On top of conducting private classes for Christian Dior, SK-II, KPMG, Sentosa Development Corporation and Stabilo, Ruth has also organised countless workshops and public events, including a series of master classes with rubber stamp artist Atsuko Hamano, and public exhibitions for Shinzi Katoh Design (Japan), and MT tape (Singapore). Other notable events include teaching artiste Fish Leong to craft with deco tapes, being invited to teach calligraphy in Tokyo and Phuket, and working with esteemed clients including Chanel, FENDI, Dior, Clarins, Nestlé, National Heritage Board and National Library Board.
Pure Days: Art & Life [ 26 May 2016 – 26 Jul 2016 ]
Artists: Alessia Levonique Candra, Liu Ling & Tracy Tan
Art in its purest form is intrinsically linked to life — both are intertwined yet strongly independent in its expression and form. By seeking beauty in its natural state, the artists have been inspired to represent, understand and capture its simplicity through the art they create.
Now theirs to share, these works comprising oil on canvas, drawings and photography will take viewers to places and emotions in their lives, awakening sentiments of peace, calmness and tranquility and reminding one to see through the noise in our over-stimulated society.
For Alessia, verisimilitude is not just mere stipulation, but an obsession. She is enchanted by how 2D renderings can transcend the restriction of its flat surface to fool the eyes into believing in its 3D world. Her oil paintings reflect a patient rendering of reality as a result of an intimate observation of life and accompanying self-discovery.
Inspired by nature’s beauty and mystique — particularly the complexity of humans — Liu Ling’s charcoal and pen drawings strive to capture life in her subject. Each artwork is a meditative effort to inject emotion into an observable shell through the rigorous and enlightening process of learning from experience.
Tracy intends for her photographs to exemplify the hope and beauty of the world. By exploring the motion of stillness, she wishes for each frame to transport viewers to the streets and landscapes where the stills were taken. While she draws and paints as an emotional outlet, photography allows her instincts to take over and for art to manifest in its rawest form.
Just wanted to convey our sincere thanks to the team for helping to put together the exhibition and the opening night :)
Passage: A Group Art Exhibition [ 12 May 2016 – 24 May 2016 ]
Artists: MaryAnn Loo, Melissa C., Stephanie Hew, Stephanie Lee, Queenie Kou & Z.S. Yang
A “passage” is about going through transitions from the past, present to the future and sometimes even going backwards again, in order to move forward in life.
Birthed from this theme, the visual art exhibition comprises illustrations and paintings in various mediums that endeavor to awaken in viewers the need to re-establish their priorities and ruminate about the choices they have made as part of life’s natural passage.
Having connected through a local group called “Creative Singapore!”, Melissa Candrasaputra, Stephanie Hew, Queenie Kou, Stephanie Lee, MaryAnn Loo and Z.S. Yang were united by the desire to persevere in creating art and seek out platforms to grow their artistic careers.
“Passage@SPRMRKT has opened doors for us in various areas. e.g. workshops by Stephanie Hew at Naiise, requests from cafe owners to exhibit our works and host art workshops, private requests for children's art tuition, Mel C selling her first art exhibition piece. Thanks for creating these opportunities for us! We have great memories to bring along with us in our passage ahead, till the next exhibition.” - Stephanie Lee, Exhibition Lead
Mystery Island [ 10 Mar 2016 – 10 May 2016 ]
Inspired by the archaeological treasures found in South East Asia, the artist has used his signature mash up style to blend asian antiques and heritage with the modern trash culture of the world. Fantastical juxtapositions of new and old, east and west draw you in to his surreal world of magic, nature and toxic pollution.
Born in Iran and raised in Hong Kong, Mojoko attended the prestigious FABRICA art residency in Treviso, Northern Italy. Launching his interactive design career at Diesel HQ, he quickly climbed through the creative industry as a designer, art director, creative director and creator of Kult and Gallery & Studio. The expansion of his work into curation, installation and fine art led to a personal artistic exploration of Trash Pop culture colliding with the old & historical, mixing media such as computer programming, digital sculpture, painting and printmaking. Since then, his works have regularly been showcased around the world at international institutions and independent galleries.
My Tokyo State of Mind [ 15 Jan 2016 – 06 Mar 2016 ]
Japanese Pop Culture. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Modern Icons. A dramatic and energetic graphic art exhibition launches in Jan 2016!
World-renowned guru of Jap Pop Art - Zane Fix, is an American artist, born in Brooklyn, New York.
The art of Zane Fix blends both the intensity and simplicity of Japanese woodblock prints with the pop sensibility of early and mid 20th century western pop and commercial art.
Mr. Fix began honing his skills of draftsmanship as a child by interpreting the works of Hokusai, Sharaku, and Utamaro. He attended Cooper Union School of Architecture. In 1997, he travelled to Kyoto, Japan, and began on the path that led him to his current incarnation as the guru of Jap Pop Art.
Original pieces are labor and time intensive; utilizing techniques he learned as an architectural draftsman and apprentice sumi-e painter, and woodblock cutter. Mr. Fix uses brush, pen, ink and wax pencils on various handmade rice papers. In his own words “It’s all done by hand, no computer magic, baby!”
Popular works include his Gunslinging Geisha, Audrey Hepburn in Kabuki Makeup, and David Bowie as "some cat from Japan”. Current collection on exhibit at Stray Kat Gallery, is a retrospective of works from the past thirteen years.
Longing To Be Knotted Together [ 02 Dec 2016 – 12 Jan 2016 ]
In his epic crusade to capture all the components that surround his mental and physical universe, MEGA presentsa series of screen-printed artworks entitled Longing To Be Knotted Together: a successful touring exhibition that has been to Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and now in Singapore.
After a successful career in art direction in Europe and Australia, MEGA now does illustrations for publications and brands. Some of his clients include Nike, Volkswagen and Complex Magazine. MEGA has exhibited personal work in reputable galleries throughout the Asia Pacific and Europe.
Secret Ingredient [ 15 Oct 2015 – 30 Nov 2015 ]
Secret Ingredient is a site-specific art installation comprising secrets shared by the public, handwritten based on the paths taken by Nicola Anthony on her walks around Telok Ayer
Nicola Anthony is a British artist living in Singapore and working internationally. She explores the wonder of individuals and their stories - those beautiful and complex details that make up the whole of society. You may have seen her light sculpture on the Marina Bay skyline for SG50 and her solo exhibition at SPRMRKT. Nicola’s artwork begins with an extraordinary idea, a large number of small parts, and the collection of words and journeys.
For her solo exhibition at SPRMRKT she created the Atlas Series, artworks based on a journey through the human being and the gathering of public confessions and secrets. Made using traditional rice paper and ink, the signature artworks were created by burning into the paper’s surface and drawing using the smoky dots and burned spaces caused by an incense stick.
In 2016 Nicola will continue to work with public and community in Singapore and the UK. Kicking off the year, her sculpture Nest, 2016, was featured in one of the Singapore Art Week highlight exhibitions ‘PPC: A Public Living Room’. Later in 2016 she has been invited to the NPE artist residency in Singapore.
In 2015 Nicola had her solo exhibition at SPRMRKT and was selected for the Public Installation Art Programme at Affordable Art Fair to create a live text drawing. Internationally she was exhibited in Manila at Vargas Museum, in Skopje, Macedonia in the MOVE W I T H (OUT) exhibition, and in London she was selected for EX PARTE for Singapore: Inside Out.
Nicola has previously shown at London's Royal College of Art, Singapore’s Victoria Theatre, theNational Library Building, Nanyang Technological University, The Substation Gallery, Ikkan Art International and The Arts House. And around the world at the Serpentine Gallery Project Space(London), the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (USA), and Shinjuku Creators Fiesta(Tokyo).
Her artwork has received sponsorship from Tate Britain, & been exhibited in Tate Modern’s ‘No Soul for Sale’. She was born in London, studied at University of the Arts London (CSM) and Loughborough University.
Working with SPRMRKT was a fantastic experience and I am very grateful to their team for allowing me to push the boundaries: resulting in a multi-faceted exhibition that included visual artworks, a public confession box, performance art staged in collaboration with the curator Daniela Beltrani, and a sprawling live artwork that took over the entire front window! This openness to art led to wonderful interactions with their clientelle, passers by, as well as the team themselves. The creative spirit is also reflected in SPRMRKT's food: their chefs concocted a savoury array of treats for the exhibition opening which took inspiration from the artwork's themes - the sea, local flavours, and layers.
Everyone Is Invited [ 20 Aug 2015 – 04 Oct 2015 ]
Vincy Cheung’s first solo exhibition in Singapore featuring quirky illustrations inspired by the objects found in her pocket and the complexity of the big cities she has lived in.
Vincy Cheung is an illustrator and designer born and raised in Hong Kong. She received her art education from Parsons the New School for Design in New York in 2014. Currently based in Hong Kong, she is doing graphic design and recipe illustration works on her own and at the same time working on creative collaborations with her artist/designer pals in the US – including posters and recipe illustrations for a friend’s Chinese restaurant recently opened in East Village New York and editions of greeting cards for Risograpah printing press in Los Angeles.
Nocturna Creatures [ 09 Jul 2015 – 18 Aug 2015 ]
An exhibition of illustrations & mixed media by Khairul Azmi Shoib
Khairul Azmir Shoib, better known as Meme, is a multiple award-winning artist and illustrator of two picture books – Kailash and Tulip and The Dog That Ate Nightmares. Since 1994, he has taken part in nearly 80 art exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and Australia. He obtained his Master of Art (Fine Art and Technology), from UiTM, Shah Alam in 2004 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hons., UiTM, Shah Alam in 2000. Currently a Lecturer of Arts at INTI Laureate International Universities, Subang, he is also working on sculpture projects based on Malaysia’s fairytales and ghost stories.
Thank you for this opportunity and hopefully can make another show in the future.
The Magic Bird [ 03 Jun 2015 – 07 Jul 2015 ]
An exhibition of illustrations by Malavika PC
Malavika PC is an artist, an illustrator and a performer. Her medium in the field of fine art has always been drawing, from before she received her BFA in Ceramics from the College of Arts, Chennai in 2004, till after. She began training in drawing once again in a design studio and over the years went on to establish herself as a Children’s Book Illustrator. Driven by detail, improvisation and play, her instrument of drawing is her 0.1 Isograph Pen and colour inks that she mixes. Malavika currently lives and works from her studio near Auroville, Tamil Nadu.
A Thousand Words [ 26 Mar 2015 – 16 May 2015 ]
An exhibition of illustrations featuring illustrations of the adventuring Box Boy – a recurring character in C.K.’s picture books Do Noses Grow Long When Lies Are Told? and What Is Your Dream? Influenced by manga and pop culture as well as Western fairy tales, C.K. first created his signature box head characters in response to the myth in Pandora’s box. Becoming a father led him to take this ‘search for hidden hope among the monstrous, grotesque and ugliness of our imperfect world’ through the pages of children’s books.
C.K.KOH (b.1977) is a contemporary artist & children’s book author who works in both fine arts media, such as painting, mix-media and digital media. Influenced by manga and pop culture as well as western fairy tales, C.K first created his signature box head characters in response to the myth of Pandora’s Box in search for hope hidden amongst the monstrous and ugliness of the imperfect world we are living in. Being a father led him to expand his concept to children’s book territory and continue his voyage in art.
Upcoming: I am currently working on my new series about starscape that can hopefully be completed by this year.
Looking forward to collaborating with SPRMRKT again. It is a cosy place – I like the ambience a lot and I do have new ideas to do another show here.
Tokyo Cinderella Dolls [ 08 Jan 2015 – 08 Mar 2016 ]
Co-presented with Galerie Steph, Tokyo Cinderella Dolls is a photography exhibition shot in the streets of Tokyo and tells the fantasy of two dolls who come to life. Shiakata infuses the photographs with her experiences from performing with the famous all-female musical theatre troupe, Takarazuka Revue.
Karin Shikata is a Japanese graphic illustrator and photographer born in Kobe, Japan. She joined the Takarazuka Reveu Company – an all-female musical theatre troupe – in 2008 after graduating from the Takarazuka Music School and performed with the troupe for 4 years. Now, she is a freelance photographer who tells stories through the series of images she directs and captures. Her photo exhibitions tend to feature female subjects and have been exhibited across Asia and London.
REIMAGINING [ 26 Sep 2014 – 26 Jan 2015 ]
Philip’s solo exhibition, Reimagining, at SPRMRKT explores Singapore’s increasing diversity and openness. Having lived in Singapore for 18 years over two stints, he’s observed the city’s cultural progression sine the conservative 1980s. The exhibition celebrates the shifting attitudes with a tongue-in-cheek reimagining of 1940s & 50s cartoon images with subjects that old cartoonists would never have thought of.
Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, to an English father and Chinese mother, Philip Hemnell has always been about bridging seemingly opposite realms. Now based in Penang, this Eurasian artist continues to appropriate cartoon imagery from Western comics and Japanese manga, and melds mediums like painting, stenciling, photography and traditional printmaking in to approachable yet arresting art pieces.
Body & Soul [ 01 Aug 2014 – 30 Sep 2014 ]
This exhibition features six contemporary artworks by legal counsel, Jaen Ching Ng. Jaen’s influences range from everyday life encounters to dreams and imagination. Her bold use of colour, expressive painterly strokes with heavy shadows bring to mind a lively artistic spirit waiting to emerge.
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and educated in Malaysia and the United Kingdom, Jaen is now living and working in Hong Kong.
A law graduate, self- taught artist who expresses her state of mind and emotion through her pieces. Acrylic is her medium of choice. Bold colours, precise compositions, intense force of energy are the signature of Jaen's pieces.
Jaen's art is an extension of her, a personal response through her eyes, her interpretation of the images she sees. To know the end before it begins may just take away a part of her creative soul.
Jaen will be contributing 2 pieces of her work to ART "On The Line", an International Exhibition and Charity Art Sale celebrating the 60th anniversary of the American Women's Association ("AWA") where her work will be available for purchase through a Silent Auction. All proceeds from ART "On The Line" will benefit the AWA Charity Fund supporting local charities in Hong Kong as well as education and scholarship grants.
Heartfelt thanks to SPRMRKT and Shan for the amazing opportunity and for housing my pieces. (SPRMRKT is) truly a piece of heaven with a perfect combination of great food and display of limitless creativity.
Laksa In The Summer Of My Childhood [ 04 Apr 2014 – 04 Jun 2014 ]
A seminal exhibition that focuses on three themes: change, memories and food culture in Singapore, using three media: cyanotypes, photography and collage.
Shaumyika Sharma’s mixed media work is the result of extensive studies on people, nature and the city with a focus on colour, light and shadow. Sharma draws inspiration from her architectural training to fuel her experiments with scale and framing.
Her experience has included work and study in the fields of architecture, design and art across four continents for over 18 years. Following stints at architecture practices in London and teaching at The Cooper Union and NYU, Shaumyika opened her own multidisciplinary studio in 2012.
Her work is currently in a group exhibition entitled ‘Different Strokes’ at the Rendezvous Hotel in Singapore, and was also exhibited at Studio 67 and SPRMRKT in Singapore in 2014 (mixed media), Artbridge: In Plain Site in New York in 2010 (photography), Design Cinema WORKS ’08 Exhibition, Istanbul (film), Artists’ Space, Soho, New York (photography). It has also featured in a TV ad (photography) and a TV series (architecture).
She holds a Master’s (Architecture) from Columbia University and completed her Bachelor of Architecture in Australia.
To me, one of the most important aspects of being an artist is having work seen. In my mind, my work doesn’t exist until it is seen. Exhibiting art in a space like SPRMRKT ensures that the work gets seen by many; often by those who may not have gone in intending to view art, but are, hopefully, touched in some way by this unexpected encounter with previously unseen art.
Never Again Shall A Single Story Be Told As If It Were The Only One ft. Kai [ 03 Oct 2013 – 30 Nov -0001 ]
Kai’s exhibition at SPRMRKT marked the first time she is showcasing her work in a public space. She has created two exclusive series in collaboration with SPRMRKT: Mr Corporation and Coffee Shop Street Talk. Ranging from whimsical animal portraits that caricature personalities in the office like Mr Ngeow and SaboKing to graphic tongue-in-cheek plays on popular Singapore slangs, her pen and gouache illustrations reveal the lively wit and imagination of a creative young artist.
A Singaporean, originally in Thailand, Kai works in operations as a blender in the oil industry. She knew from an early age that art would always be a part of her life but going to art school was not an option then. Nonetheless, she continued to pursue her artistic dreams, quietly and meticulously building her portfolio after work.
Never Again Shall A Single Story Be Told As If It Were The Only One ft. Sue Anne Tay [ 13 Jul 2013 – 30 Sep 2013 ]
Exhibiting for the first time in Singapore, Tay’s images are divided into two themes: landscape and documentary photography. The main thrust of this exhibition lies in her documentation of the trade bazaars and landscapes in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Tay’s landscape prints capture a secret sense of serenity and surrealism in a provincial but no less beautiful countryside. Taken with a DSLR, these were about as close as the images got to being “digitally manipulated”.
Sue Anne Tay is a Singaporean photographer based in Shanghai. When not armed with a camera, Tay dons a suit as Senior VP and strategist at HSBC. Her widely read blogShanghaiStreetStories.com focuses on Shanghai’s urbanization trends and attempts to preserve its heritage architecture. Tay is also the contributing photographer for ChinaInCentralAsia.com, an ongoing research project charting China’s growing influence in the Central Asia region.
Tay’s work has appeared in National Geographic, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Southern Window, China’s leading current affairs magazine. She is also a co-author of Still More Shanghai Walks: Shanghailanders & Shanghainese (Old China Hand Press, 2011), a book that chronicles what’s left of old Western architecture in a now-booming Shanghai.
Thanks again to SPRMRKT for so kindly hosting my work, and being such a welcoming platform and supporter of the arts in Singapore.
Never Again Shall A Single Story Be Told As If It Were The Only One ft. Akai [ 03 Apr 2013 – 30 Jun 2013 ]
Akai Chew’s first solo exhibition capturing his eye for detail towards the built environment and in fashion.
Akai is an artist who works and lives in Singapore. Having graduated from architecture and upon becoming a practiced urban explorer, the city is the artist’s muse and playground. His art practice explores the profound relationship between history, humanity and the urban environs. Starting out doing streetscape photography, he had practiced fashion and architecture photography. His urban interests include historical research and cartography, sometimes discovering historical artefacts including a milestone marker in Singapore at Geylang Road in 2014. Practicing as a fashion photographer, he had exhibited his works under Harper’s Bazaar in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, his works were also exhibited at tcc The Gallery and as part of Noise Singapore The Apprenticeship Programme, at 8Q Singapore Art Museum. His last group show was Repurposing Nostalgia in 2016 at Petain Road.
Upcoming: Akai will be part of an artist’s book project as a contributing artist, to be launched in October 2016.
Never Again Shall A Single Story Be Told As If It Were The Only One ft. Martin Yeoh [ 13 Jan 2013 – 30 Mar 2013 ]
The section presents a selection of photographic works taken during breaks on location shoots by Martin and the talents he outsources.
A video production house based out of Singapore and focusing on music, fashion and lifestyle videos, MLC Productions was founded in 2010 by Martin Yeoh. Graduating from the Vancouver Film School in 2003, Martin launched his career as a Compositor at Southern Star Entertainment and subsequently led projects as Associate Producer.
Never Again Shall A Single Story Be Told As If It Were The Only One ft. Shannon Lee [ 06 Sep 2012 – 06 Jan 2013 ]
Taken from Shannon’s portfolio of apparel design, we highlight a few drawings that make us question whether these can be more than sketches of his thought processes and be presented as finished works of art. Now at SPRMRKT, this marks his first public showcase of personal artwork.
Graduating with a first class honours degree from the Raffles Design Institute, Singapore in 2008, Shannon was sought after to design a slew of runway shows that got him recognised and hired by established fashion labels such as alldressedup, Benjamin Barker and AL&ALICIA.