Artists in Singapore: These talented illustrators are painting the town with their whimsical visions
From dark and twisted to whimsical and flirty, Singapore's freshest illustrators and artists inspire us to go back to basics with pen and paper, watercolour, and glitter for an unplugged session away from our iPhone screens.
Who: Ripple Root was founded by artist duo Liquan Liew and Estella Ng. Their bold-coloured, wildlife-themed compositions evoke the monumental work of French artist Henri Matisse.
Where: Their murals can be seen at Straits Clan and Marquee Singapore as well as along Keong Saik Road. Their last commission, A Spring in Your Step, is reflected on the hoardings of the upcoming CapitaSpring property along Market Street.
Who: Singaporean artist Danielle Tay traverses the boundaries of painting and craft, abstract and figurative.
Where: In 2018, Danielle produced a large-scale mural at Facebook's Singapore HQ as part of the tech giant's Artist-in-Residence programme in 2018. This year, she has created two large-scale murals: a 27-metre, autism-friendly floor mural for Rainbow Centre in Woodlands as well as Pulse of the City on the hoardings of CapitaSpring.
Who: Chloë Manasseh is a Singapore-based British artist. Currently pursuing a Masters in Psychotherapy at Lasalle College of the Arts, Chloe has exhibited internationally and collaborated with creatives across the fields of music, interior design, and fashion.
Where: In 2018, Chloe's tropical-themed motifs and filigree took the form of a 25-metre mural at Facebook's HQ in Singapore as well as a 14-metre steel and aluminium Living Palm installation at Changi City Point that was co-created with the local community.
Who: Adeline Tan, who also goes by the moniker Mightyellow, is an illustrator and visual artist based in Singapore. She is best known for her fantastical botanical landscapes. She has built up an impressive client roster that includes Facebook, Sonos, and Uniqlo.
Where: Check out her murals at National Design Centre.
Who: Farizwan Fajari goes by the artist moniker Speak Cryptic. He is represented by Chan+Hori Contemporary. Inspired by the visual language of comics and underground music, his works revolve around a cast of quirky characters and primarily in a black-and-white palette.
Where: His line work has been featured at Today at Apple and as part of 'ATYPICAL', a travelling exhibition by Chan + Hori Contemporary in collaboration with Singapore Tourism Board. Catch his large-scale mural atop one of the shophouses in Little India.
Who: Michael Ng (aka Mindflyer) is an illustrator and visual artist. He is also the founder of the Illustration Arts Festival. Michael describes his work as "quirky, surreal, retro sci-fi and utopian".
Where: In 2018, he was commissioned by Coach to produce a limited edition hand-painted series of footwear, bags and T-shirts that were emblazoned with a girly take on the iconic Statue of Liberty. His cartoonish illustrations can be seen in Holland Village.
Who: Lucinda Law is a botanical watercolour artist, teacher, writer, and founding director of nature-led consultancy Within. Lucinda is driven by her love of nature and the desire to help others develop and nourish their creative confidence. She has worked on over 40 collaborations and commissioned projects including most notably, an appointment as the first Brand Ambassador of Dyptique Singapore in 2018.
Where: In 2018, Lucinda's botanical illustrations and wallpaper designs were exhibited on the walls of Changi Airport's Terminal 1 Arrival Halls. Her largest hand-painted artwork to date is located at Kesa House near Keong Saik Road.
Who: Tiffany Lovage is a Singaporean artist and illustrator. When she isn't working on traditional surfaces such as paper, Lovage develops her love for botany and anatomy on alternative canvases like skin and leather.
Where: Her fine line works can be seen at National Design Centre.
Who: Marina A is a Singapore-based illustrator who specialises in digital art. Marina's illustrations are influenced by astrophysics and dreams that involves a surrealist spin on reality.
Where: Marina A has developed a close relationship with the city's most prolific emerging talents. Her illustrations have graced the album covers and posters of local bands such as Disco Hue, Ffion and M1LDL1FE.
Who: Lydia Yang (aka Oak & Bindi) is an illustrator and co-founder of art collective Tell Your Children. In October 2017, Lydia launched a fashion label Die Hard Lover and has released in collaborations with Gallery & Co., Actually and The Refinery.
Where: Lydia has painted murals in offices and festivals across the world in countries such as New York, Jakarta, and a handful of spots in Singapore such as House of Vans, Dover Street Market Singapore, and The Substation.