Ahead of Vesak Day on June 1, check out the Enlightened One, a contemporary art exhibition on the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, by 25 artists from Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Sweden at Ion Orchard. The works on display range from striking facial depictions painted in both colour and monochrome to other abstract takes that explore Buddha’s everyday teachings and traditions.
Where: Ion Art Gallery, Level 4, 2 Orchard Turn, Ion Orchard MRT: Orchard When: Till Sun, noon - 8pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 9003-2851 Info: www.gnaniarts.com
Lee Jian Xuan
1 THE DREAM (2015)
The artist, an animal lover who is inspired by the movements of elephants, depicts a dream by Buddha’s mother, Queen Mahayama, of a white elephant entering her womb. She was told by sages that she would give birth to a great soul.
2 TOUCHED BY THE DIVINE (2013)
This work focuses on the avakasha mudra, a commonly seen gesture by Buddha where he gently rests his hand on his lap, palm faced heavenwards. Elements of nature, like the birds and leaves, lend a sense of positivity and harmony to the painting
3 THE STONE BUDDHA (2015)
The artist attempts to capture Buddha as a three-dimensional stone sculpture. She hopes that the resulting effect makes people want to touch and feel the painting.
4 ADWAIT (2015)
Adwait is derived from the Sanskrit word for “unique”. The artist pays homage to the Buddha in a tessellated painting that is embellished with her signature motif, a peacock feather.
5 INNER PEACE (2015)
This work created by the drip painting technique has streaks artfully masking part of the Buddha’s visage. The artist also paints him with a smile to portray a sense of peace, calm and contemplation.
6 DIVINE VIRTUE (2015)
The artist combines the classical image of Buddha with the wheel, a symbol of great importance in Buddhist teachings. The wheel’s eight spokes represent the path that leads to the end of suffering, as well as the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
7 MOKSHA (2015)
This Warhol-esque take of Buddha done in a riot of colours portrays him as a source of positive, dynamic energy in a fast-paced world, says the artist, who is also a photographer and awardwinning documentary film-maker.
8 DIVINE CALL (2015)
The Singapore-based Swedish artist gives Buddha’s portrait a quirky twist by superimposing cellphone icons on it to show how the viewer can share a personal relationship with Buddha.