12 9 / 2014

"Always Love Me This Way" by Jason Wee, Singapore

“To those who dream of transforming their home into a different city, to those who carve out their own shelter when none extended any, to my brothers and sisters who never fit in.”

- Jason Wee

It takes real art to convey an emotion so thoroughly in just a single image. It’s work like this that leaves a powerful impression on the viewer and makes them ask themselves what it is that they truly dream of achieving with the time they’re given.

Jason Wee is an artist, curator, and writer. He directs Grey Projects, a gallery and exchange program in Singapore, and curated Still Building: Contemporary Art from Singapore (2012). A 2005–06 Studio Fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Wee has participated in residencies at Tokyo Wonder Site, ISEA, and Artspace Sydney. He has exhibited at ifa galerie in Berlin, Chelsea Art Museum in New York, and Valentine Willie in Kuala Lumpur, and was included in the 1st Singapore Biennale.

If you’d like to read more of Jason Wee’s thoughts, you can find his articles over at: http://blogs.guggenheim.org/author/jasonwee/

10 9 / 2014

"Creature" by Marienne Yang, Singapore

“As an artist, I am primarily interested in finding ‘near-pain’ situations, capturing the struggles and the therapeutic process that comes with the making of my work, working through these situations and struggles.  Over the past decade, this search/capture has led me from paintings, installations, photography, relief printing and recently embroidery”

- Marienne Yang

One can’t always choose to see only the bright and happy things in life, sometimes one has to acknowledge the presence of negative emotions too. Art has the potential to awaken a full spectrum of emotions from the audience, and it would be a shame if the medium were not used to its fullest potential.

Marienne Yang studied at the School of Fine Arts of The University of Tasmania, Australia, graduating with a B.FA and a Dean’s Roll of Excellence in 2004. In 2009, she graduated with a Masters in Contemporary Practice from the University of Huddersfield and she currently teaches at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

If you’d like to see more of her work, you can find her website at: http://www.marienneyang.com/

08 9 / 2014

"Temple 1.1" by Ruyi Wong, Singapore

“Placing an image of my own ritualistic poised body with a “tablet painting” of the human microscopic cells from medical research images, I hope to explore to transmute new meanings about our bodily presence. This is dedicated to everyone”

- Ruyi Wong

As our grasp of human biology improves, art finds new ways to draw inspiration from this greater understanding of the human form to create intimate, yet seemingly alien imagery. As technology develops even further, who knows what other wonders we’ll discover within ourselves?

Ruyi completed her Bachelor in Fine Art from Nanyang Technological University and MA in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art, London. Ruyi’s current practice lies within exploring an otherworldly representation of the physical body, shiftng new meaning around the bodily’s abstract form. Ruyi’s interest in the arts bring her to work between art making, art writing and art management.

If you’d like to see more of Ruyi’s Wong’s work, you can find her website at: http://www.ruyi-wong.com/

27 8 / 2014

“Wired” by Ernest Concepcion, Philippines

“This work is probably the first ever drawing I did using a tablet and a stylus. I treated this new technology as any other drawing tool. “Wired” is inspired by my introduction to this new exciting medium.”

- Ernest Concepcion

We’re particularly fond of Ernest’s “Wired” as it was inspired by his experience with using a Galaxy Tab to make art. Artists find ways to transcend the limitations of their usual mediums, and will often be more than happy to try their hand at something new.

If you liked this work, you can find more of Ernest Concepcion’s work over at his website: www.ernestconcepcion.com/

25 8 / 2014

"Critical Thinking" by Drew Lapina, Philippines

If a picture can paint a thousand words, then some paintings must then be entire novels in a single canvas.

Drew gives us a glimpse of what goes on in his headspace with “Critical Thinking” which also shows the duality of creative and logical thought that we are all capable of. That said, why don’t you show us what you’ve got inside your head? Simply register on Masterpieces and send us your work and we’ll put it up on the site for people to discover and share to their friends.

If you liked Drew’s work, you can see more of his art over at: http://drawdrewdrawn11.deviantart.com/

22 8 / 2014

"The Daylight Dancer" by Jason Montinola, Philippines

“As a child, I have been engrossed with enyclopedias filled with paintings of the past. Their images pervade through my unconscious mind and molded my visual language to what it is now. I believe that I breathe life to these visions of olde by giving new life to them through characters I have created.”

-Jason Montinola

Jason Montinola took up Art Education at the Technological University of the Philippines and has participated in several exhibitions that showcase this artwork both in the Philippines and abroad. He is known for his anonymous portraits born of his imagination which feature fantastic and nightmarish elements.

If you’d like to see more of Jason Montinola’s work you can find them at his deviant art account: http://f-holes.deviantart.com/

20 8 / 2014

Andy Warhol Exhibit at Olin Galleries in Roanoke College

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.”

-Andy Warhol

We want your art! Masterpieces isn’t just about the select few digital artists in Asia, it’s also about everyone else with something to say. If you’ve made artwork on a tablet or digital media (whether it’s a digital painting, or even a movie,) submit it to us and let us share your work with the world.

Simply register on Masterpieces and send us your work and we’ll put it up on the site for people to discover and share to their friends. Set your art free on Masterpieces, and you’ll never know what could happen next!

18 8 / 2014

“Skulls” by Cos Zicarelli, Philippines

Just as life has been a timeless subject for artists the world over, the subject of death is also a compelling source of inspiration.

Costantino Zicarelli is a Filipino-Italian artist with a taste for the macabre. A recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artists Award in 2013, he is a self-proclaimed failed graffiti artist and musician, that tries to incorporate these failed attempts into more interesting visual forms.

His body of work, mostly works on paper, often reflects the history of drone metal, black metal, and everything rock n’ roll. As an artist, he is interested in putting a less chaotic line between the subculture scene and the idea of using reality as fictional tools, or vice versa.

You can find more of his work at http://www.silverlensgalleries.com/

15 8 / 2014

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“Flame of Life” by Trishia Matthews, Australia

The subject of feminine power and beauty is a timeless subject, celebrated and revered in art in all forms, cultures and eras.

A spiritual healer and artist, Trishia Matthews describes herself as having no formal studies of art, having been self-taught except for a 12 week beginner’s course at Logan school of artist Brisbane. She’s a dreamer and primarily channels her inspiration with meditation and daydreaming. The seventh girl of eight, and a March 8th fish of the 60’s, born into the first wave of the love generation, she considers herself a part of those who are here to save earth.

Join us and explore other fantastic visions from talented artists from all over Asia in Masterpieces.

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13 8 / 2014

“Shapeshifter” by Sherman Ong, Malaysia

Do our physical forms define who we are?

Sherman is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. A winner of the 2010 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award, Sherman has premiered works in Art Biennales, Film Festivals and Museums globally. He is currently exhibiting at the MART Museum of Contemporary Art, Trento and Rovereto, Italy (http://www.mart.trento.it/lostinlandscape) and will be part of the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Sherman’s work, you can visit his website at: http://www.shermanong.com/

11 8 / 2014

“Heartlandscape 01” by Marcel Heijnen, Singapore

Modern cities can be a source of inspiration too.

Marcel Heijnen is a Dutch visual artist, designer and musician whose work has been showcased in in different exhibits across Singapore and Hong Kong.  His “Heartlandscape” series was an experiment outside his usual methods and used a Samsung Galaxy Tab to both shoot and generate these images. Marcel went up to high floors of HDB (public housing) blocks, shot and then quickly edited ‘on-the-fly.’

If you’re interested to see more of this artist’s work, you can visit his website: http://www.marcelheijnen.com/ or his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marcelheijnenart

08 8 / 2014

“I Will Survive #2” by Al-kuzairie Ali

The best art is the kind that makes you stop and think.

Award winning Malaysian artist Al-kuzairie Ali is an expert at artwork that makes the viewer think about the issues of the modern world, and today’s featured artwork is no exception. His “I Will Survive” series on Masterpieces is dedicated to all the people who are working to save endangered species for the benefit of succeeding generations.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Al-kuzairie Ali’s work, you can visit his website at: http://alkhuzairieali.blogspot.com

06 8 / 2014

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04 8 / 2014

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“My Father” by Jun Lacibal, Philippines

Sometimes the greatest inspirations lie in the people around us. Artists have always felt the need to depict the human form in a myriad of ways, from abstract forms to realistic images like the artwork we’re featuring today.

Jun Lacibal is a talented digital artist and animator from the Philippines whose work ranges from traditional artwork to 3d Modeling and Texturing. He’s also taken to using the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for coming up with digital paintings. If you’d like to see more of his work, you can find his online gallery at: https://www.behance.net/junlacibal

If you had the time and the skill, who would you want to paint a portrait of?

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01 8 / 2014

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“Golden Lion Monastery” by Nigel Goh, Singapore

One of the wonders of art is that it can show us places that don’t always exist. This way we can admire the vision in the artist and bask in the sense of wonder of being able to step out of our own reality.

Nigel Goh is a 25 year old concept artist from Singapore whose work has been featured in websites, artbooks and in videogames. His skills extend beyond just 2D illustrations as he is also skilled in 3D modelling and texturing. If you’re interested to see more of this young artist’s work, you can visit his website: http://nigelgohsongnan.wix.com/nigel

Join us and explore other fantastic visions from talented artists from all over Asia in Masterpieces.

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