New art exhibition at Peninsula Arts has flavour from half-way around the globe
The recently opened Island Vernacular art exhibition at the Peninsula Arts centre at Plymouth University features works by two artists who, after a chance meeting, have travelled across the globe to the South coast of England to display their works.
The two artists, Milenko Prvacki and Ian Woo, both live in in Singapore both focus on abstract painting that fuse elements of Western and Eastern painting traditions and are both concerned with the process of painting.
All elements that caught the eye of the curator of Island Vernacular, Christopher Cook, Associate Professor in Painting, School of Art and Media at Plymouth University when he visited Singapore.
“I remember their work standing out to me, when I visited Singapore and I thought that their art would work well in conversation. They are both artists that have a strong focus on process. Part of their focus on process involves painting with an open mind, without a set goal for the end result, letting the process guide the artist towards the finished painting,” Christopher Cook said.
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Milenko Prvacki, who is originally from the former Yugoslavia, said that part of what attracted him to the art scene of Singapore was the speed with which it is developing and the way in which the country’s artists were not afraid to break barriers.
“When I arrived in Singapore, they had one museum and four art galleries. Today they have seven museums and probably 300 art galleries, so they are moving at an incredible speed,” Mr. Prvacki said at the opening of the new exhibition.
“Being part of that and seeing how they are not afraid to fuse different style and schools of art together is inspiring. Their art scene is relatively young and moving forward at great speed. Singaporean artists are in some ways free of the traditions, schools of thought and dogma which can sometimes influence western art.”
Event organiser, Nadia Thondrayen, said that the Island Vernacular was part of an on-going push to bring more international artists to Plymouth.
“I think both students at the University, the Art College and the people of the city can be moved, inspired and gain a better understanding of what is happening on the international art scene by coming to exhibitions like this one,” she said.
Island Vernacular runs till February 23rd and is free. For opening hours and more information visit the Peninsula Arts’ website.