David and Victoria Beckham might have successfully carved out their careers as a retired footballer and fashion designer, but once upon a time, they were 'Posh and Becks', the 'Brangelina' of Britain. The poster couple for British stardom, the late '90s and early 2000s was a paparazzi playground as the worlds of sport and music collided with the British press (who are scathingly notorious) at their expense. Enter the birth of Brooklyn Beckham in 1999, and "the New Royal Family" as they've been dubbed made their entrance.
Immortalising this media obsession are Liverpool-based artists Amrit and Rabindra, known as The Singh Twins in the art circuit. The sisters are known for their contemporary works which merge traditional Indian painting with modern muses. They've caricatured personalities such as Muhammad Ali and Maharaja Duleep Singh and approached subjects close to their home, such as British barbecues. They were made Honorary Citizens in Liverpool in 2009, and received an MBE each from the Queen in 2011.
Titled 'From Zero To Hero', the Beckhams are depicted to explore how media obsession and commercialisation of sport have turned a sportsman into a celebrity and pop culture icon, driven by materialism and increasing global westernisation. This special tote is made to coincide with the National Gallery Singapore's collaboration with Tate Britain for the exhibition, 'Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies' that explores the art that arose from the British Empire.
Available exclusively at Gallery & Co. from 26 September. 'Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies' will be held at the National Gallery Singapore from 6 October 2016 to 27 March 2017. For more details, click here.