New York artist Charles Fazzino, known for his pop-art 3-D cityscapes, makes art to celebrate Singapore. Go see how many local landmarks you can spot.
If the culture vulture in you is feeling a little restless, go check out New York artist Charles Fazzino’s 3-D artworks at Bruno Gallery (#01-03 Tanglin Place). The artist’s first solo exhibition here, launched on May 27, will feature Fazzino’s 3D rendition of Singapore, Celebrating the Enchanted Island of Singapore, in two versions – one showing the city in the day, the other at night.
Celebrating the Enchanted Island of Singapore
Keep an eye out for these iconic local landmarks: the Merlion (but of course!), the Singapore Zoo and Marina Bay Sands. Fazzino says: “I really wanted to capture everything that is special about Singapore. I’m sure there are some things missing, but I made sure to get in everything from the Wildlife Reserves Singapore to Orchard Road, Sentosa, Changi Airport, Raffles Hotel, and all of the major buildings downtown.”
Celebrating the Enchanted Island of Singapore (night version)
Landmarks aren’t all. Look very closely and you might see the “No chewing gum” signs too. (Here’s another artist we featured who also has a great sense of humour).
The 145 x 100cm original artwork, which took five months to research, conceptualise and put together, is made of layer upon layer of silkscreened canvas cut and glued by hand (“like layering a lasagna,” quips Fazzino). Every little piece is then embellished with acrylic glitter paint and Swarovski crystals.
Over 15 of Fazzino’s meticulously made city artworks will be on display at Bruno Gallery, including his renderings of London and Manhattan (below). The artist has made far more than 15, though – many of these can be found in the private collections of Bill and Hilary Clinton, Paul McCartney, Julia Roberts, President Tarja Halonnen of Finland and other celebs and dignitaries.
If you want one for yourself, be prepared with your credit card – or credit cards, rather. The original Celebrating the Enchanted Island of Singapore (Fazzino only makes one piece of every artwork) will set you back $88,000. If that’s out of your budget, be consoled: limited edition proofs (still in 3-D, still handmade by the artist, but in paper, not canvas) can be had for $8,800. These are smaller (125 x 95cm), but you must have expected that. (It’s still more affordable that this perfume which costs $140,000).
In any case, don’t let the prices intimidate you – that’s the last thing the artist intends. “My artwork is meant to be happy. It’s supposed to be something that everyone can relate to,” he says. “I want people to look at my artwork, remember things and people that are special to them and smile!”
Through June 14 at Bruno Gallery, #01-03 Tanglin Place.
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