Sale of artworks to help those in need

Artist Shivali Mathur showing President Tony Tan Keng Yam the painting Integration, which she says is a representation of the way that culture "comes together as one" in Singapore. With them is Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing.
Artist Shivali Mathur showing President Tony Tan Keng Yam the painting Integration, which she says is a representation of the way that culture "comes together as one" in Singapore. With them is Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Traditional Chinese art, Indian henna art and rangoli, and batik art come together in a vibrant harmony of colours in an acrylic painting by Singapore-based Indian artists Shivali Mathur and Kumuda Krovvidi.

The work, titled Integration, is a representation of the way that culture "comes together as one" in Singapore, said Ms Shivali, 40, who has lived in Singapore for 12 years.

The piece was created this year for Racial Harmony Day, an annual event to mark communal

riots that broke out in 1964 in Singapore and to signify the importance of racial and religious harmony.

Their piece is among 40 artworks by eight artists for sale in the President's Charity Art Exhibition, which opened at the Fullerton Hotel yesterday.

Works from Madam Lim Sew Yong, who mooted the exhibition in 2013, are also featured, alongside those from others such as "batik master" Sujak Rahman and self-taught calligrapher Johnny Quek.

Money from the sale will go to beneficiaries such as Ain Society, the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics and the Community Chest.

The exhibition, organised by Raffles Fine Arts Auctioneers, will be open to the public over the weekend from 10am to 6pm. Apart from the artworks, visitors can buy limited-edition stamps showcasing the artists' works at $50 apiece. For the first time in three years of the event, they can also buy commemorative ez-link cards featuring the artworks at $100 per card. A total of 1,000 cards will be sold at the exhibition.

Mr Timothy Chionh, main organiser of the event, said: "Not everyone will be interested in the artworks, but the ez-link card is something everyone can relate to. It's in the spirit of caring and sharing."

Jalelah Abu Baker

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2015, with the headline 'Sale of artworks to help those in need'. Print Edition | Subscribe