HOPE & DREAMS

Closing Bid: S$ 850.00

OPEN DATE: 10 May 2014, 10:00am
CLOSING DATE: 27 June 2014, 8:30pm

About the Artwork

Being known for his crayon artwork, the Büffel Art Project proved to be a challenge and a diversion for Koh Tien Gui. Creating a predominantly scarlett hued figurine entitled Hope and Dreams, Koh has arrestingly wrapped his Büffel in a large bundle of strips of knotted fabric, with each knot representing dreams and memories of the artist. Rather like tying knots on a wishing tree, the knots tied to the Büffel figurine symbolise Koh's personal hopes for the future, thereby producing a modern interpretation of an age-old tradition, with the Büffel being an illustration of the artist's lucky charm.

Bidding Information

OPEN DATE: 10 MAY 2014
CLOSING DATE: 27 JUNE 2014

Closing Bid: S$ 850.00

About the Artist

Singapore born and bred, Koh Tien Gui is a lawyer by profession, and an artist by passion. Born in 1968, he later moved to Geneva Switzerland where he worked with the United Nations. This was where his interest in art took hold and blossomed. Koh's creations are mainly in crayons and pastels and his subject matter is his native Singapore and childhood memories of a time gone by. He has been exhibiting his works since 2001, with solo exhibitions in Switzerland, Italy, the UK and Singapore. In 2009 Koh exhibited at the Biennale di Chianciano, Italy and in 2012 he participated in Jada Art's "Charcoal, Crayons + [Water] Colour" exhibition as well as "For the Love of...." Exhibition In 2013. His work was also displayed at the Affordable Art Fair 2013.

Koh is an artist who takes inspiration from life's everyday offerings, producing honest representations of subjects that come naturally and instinctively to him. Observing the world around him, he has an ability to absorb colour and texture subliminally, which are then translated on to paper. Drawn with a child-like, naïve quality, the images the artist presents in his work make a conscious effort to give the viewer hope, which Koh suggests, through the use of brilliant colours and luminescent qualities. Beyond this, in all of Koh's work, there is a fundamental reconciliation of the mystery and the poetry for a world that exists only in memories.