Romualdo Frederico Locatelli,
La Ragazza Nuda (Girl in Nude),
Oil on Canvas,
160 x 221 cm
Drawn from private collections, the exhibition features artworks produced in Singapore and the region over the last eight decades
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present “A Study in Southeast Asian Artworks”, a showcase of 30 pieces of drawings and paintings produced by renowned artists in Southeast Asia and Asia at large over the last eight decades. Drawn from a private collection, this exhibition gives audiences a rare opportunity to view the exquisite artworks which would not otherwise be on public display.
The exhibition is held at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries and will run from 8 February to 14 March 2018. Featuring works of renowned artists including Heri Dono, I Nyoman Masriadi, Hendra Gunawan, Prasong Luemuang, Lim Tze Peng, Chua Ek Kay and Romualdo Locatelli, visitors can expect to view a diverse range of artworks of different mediums such as painting, drawing, lacquer and other media.
The handful of historical works and the majority of modern artworks invites viewers to explore the different artistic languages imbibed then rearticulated by various artists past and present in Southeast Asia and Asia at large. The oldest piece of artwork on display, is “La Ragazza Nuda” by Romualdo Locatelli. While the artwork is undated, it is said to have been completed before the mid-1940s, before the artist went missing. The most recently produced artwork is that of Ivan Lam, a much celebrated Malaysian artist. His works “Black Gold” and “Let your downlights Shine up” were produced in Year 2016.
These 30 pieces of artworks may have been produced within very close time frames, but also many years apart. However, each of them is presented differently in terms of textures and feelings, and is a stark contrast to each other.
The artworks come from a private collection and are on loan to NAFA in a special arrangement to showcase key, outstanding works from Southeast Asia.
Annex 1 - Selected works and details of ‘A Study in Southeast Asian Artworks’