Artist Speak Cryptic shares his favourite things ahead of Club Malam at The O.P.E.N. 2016

Artist Speak Cryptic shares his favourite things ahead of Club Malam at The O.P.E.N. 2016

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Text: Adibah Isa

For the first time ever, local artist Speak Cryptic (a.k.a. Farizwan Fajari) will be turning his black and white drawings into a live performance with masked characters. Ahead of this spectacle, we check in on what he finds inspirational

Favourite brush to use:

"Daler Rowney brushes are pretty good. There's this other one that I bought in Paris which is a Manet brush, series 70. It's really good to create details with and for good long brush strokes. But I don't really use it as often as I should, because I'm afraid i might break it or something."


Favourite local band:

"I've been listening to The Psalms and Daily Ritual, two of the most exciting acts to have come out from Singapore in a while. I know some of the people from both of these bands and I've heard them play a couple of times. They just make good music, music that I like without thinking about what other people think...and that's always a good thing."

Favourite up and coming local artists Singapore should pay attention to:

"There are a list of artists that I've been following: Odelia Tang, Marina A, Tristan Lim, Wan Xiang and a couple more. And these are artists whom I've met and hung out with and who I feel are doing it for the right reasons, with the right intention."

Odelia Tang

Favourite illustrators:

"I don't have a favourite illustrator, per se. I do have people that I look up to, though: Ian Mackaye (of Fugazi, the Evens), Charles Bukowski, Henry Rollins (Black Flag). My favourite visual artists would be Jean Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly, whom I discovered when I was about 13-14 years old. They both left behind an amazing body of work that I can continue to look at and be inspired by."

Jean Michel Basquiat, 'Six Crimee', 1982

Favourite place in Singapore to escape to:

"I like going for bicycle rides when I can. The best part of the whole thing is the process of getting there, which at most times would be Sembawang Park."

Sembawang Park

Speak Cryptic will be turning his drawings into a live performance at Speak Cryptic's The Tribe for Club Malam from 7 to 9 July at the Old Kallang Airport. Free admission with O.P.E.N. Pass. For more information, click here.