Blue Ocean Fine Art Gallery is organising a campaign titled Non-Essential Artist month. It is a tongue-in-cheek response to a local survey that was conducted on how essential different vocations are in relation to the COVID-19 situation. Singapore voted artists as the least essential vocation with 71% of respondents out of the 1000 surveyed citing this.
Through the campaign, Blue Ocean Fine Art Gallery hopes to strengthen the relationship between the public and the arts. Director Chris Oh adds, "The influence of art and artists extends beyond a painting, a sculpture or a poem. Art is what keeps us human.".
The campaign will be a coming together of artists who want to show Singapore that artists can contribute to Singapore in tough times too. Proceeds from the sale of artworks and merchandise will go towards our charity beneficiary, Community Chest, in hopes of uplifting the low-income families in Singapore.
The works exhibited will open up an interesting visual discussion on the function of arts and creativity in modern life especially in light of the COVID-19 period, addressing the public sentiments of artists being non-essential.
Jason Lim - represented Singapore at the Singapore Pavillion in Venice Biennale in 2007
Wong Tze Chau - 2019 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) Award: Established Artist Category
Joanne Pang - 2018 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) Award: Established Artist Category
Justin Lim - 2017 IMPART Arts Winner (Artist Category)
Deyan Mihov | Kester Wong | Nicholas Tee | Christopherson Ho | Jose Martinez | Ngoh Shian Bang | Yen Chua | Huey Ling Teo | Irene Tee | Terence Lim | Junie Tang | Gary Ng | Joyce Loo | Kimberly Teo