Stories from Yesteryear

With the ongoing stay-home restrictions, many people are showcasing their artworks online. I’ve given a shot too, at creating my own virtual gallery, to display some of my old-styled canvas paintings. 

Painted between 2017 and now, these acrylic paintings tell stories from Singapore’s yesteryear, mostly of scenes I have a personal connection with. 

I have shown most of these 11 paintings before on various platforms but this is the first time they are “displayed” in one “gallery”. A 12th piece depicting Hari Raya Puasa celebration in the 1970s will be painted at home during this extended restriction period, hopefully in time for Hari Raya. To view close-up details of 4 of these 11 paintings, visit my YouTube channel for their individual video stories (Playlist ‘Singapore Heritage paintings‘)

To be able to create this virtual gallery, I watched YouTube tutorials to learn how to turn flat photos into 3D spaces using Adobe Photoshop (“vanishing points”) and After Effects on a ZBook. The outcome looks raw and amateurish but I thoroughly enjoyed the trial and error creative process. Finally, I overlaid it with a royalty-free ‘Canon in D’ rhythm by the late Johann Pachelbel, adding tempo and delight to the “walk through”. I hope you enjoy this 1 minute walkabout at my gallery. Thank you

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