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