Ah Xian

Ah Xian is a Chinese-Australian contemporary artist interested in the human body and how contemporary craft can make it meaningful. Ah Xian uses many different techniques and materials, based on ancient Chinese crafts skills, including porcelain, cloisonne, lacquer, jade, ox-bone inlay and bronze as well as concrete. His most recent work is a new body of bronze casts. Craft Australia asked Ah Xian about sustainability both in his contemporary art practice and for traditional Chinese craftsmanship as well as about the themes of urban displacement and cultural remembrance in his works.
Kathryn Wells

Planes of the face


Aperture explained


Françoise Nielly: Painting


The latest work from Paris based painter Françoise Nielly. “Françoise Nielly’s painting is expressive, exhibiting a brute force, a fascinating vital energy. Oil and knife combine to sculpt her images from a material that is, at the same time, biting and incisive, and sensual. Whether she paints the human body or portraits, the artist takes a risk : her painting is sexual, her colors free, exuberant, surprising, even explosive, the cut of her knife incisive, her color pallet dazzling. ” (via artist website)

Ansel Adams: 1902-1984


Born in San Francisco, California on February 20, 1902, Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist known for his technical expertise and his stunning black-and-white photographs of the American Southwest, Yosemite National Park, and the California coast.
Considered a hyperactive child, Adams was  unsuccessful in the schools he had attended and as a result, his father and aunt tutored him at home.  Leading a somewhat solitary childhood, Adams spent much of his time in nature, exploring the beaches and the heights facing San Francisco Bay.


Photography group - sign up if you are interested

Japanese photographer Hiroshi Nonami

Photography activity @ UWCSEA, EAST

How would you like to learn photography with a professional photographer?

This activity is being offered to give students basic skills with photography that will set you well on the way to being a top award-winning photographer.

The early sessions will focus on how to arrange a
photograph for greater interest and impact.

The next sessions will look at how to take portrait photography employing what you learned in the earlier sessions combined with lighting etc to make “beautiful” photographs – looking at the
glamour as a serious art form.

To do the first sessions you can use any camera

In the second sessions you will need if possible a camera with manual functions.

We are looking at how we can provide some cameras to be shared.

Cost: $20 covers all the sessions.

There will be a break over the following dates as the photographer will not be in Singapore -
March 11th- 22nd.

There will be 2 sessions a week,
Monday and Thursday during the normal activities times. You can sign up for either.

Sign up using the following link





Symbolism - complex meaning given simply!


Eoin Ryan

Eoin Ryan is an Irish Illustrator and Animator based in London.
Recent Clients include Wallpaper*, GQ Magazine, New Scientist and Wired Magazine.
You can get in touch at this address, by phone at 0044(0)77 07855771, or via my agent at www.agencyrush.com.


Van Gogh’s Ear – What Really Happened?


Most art fans have heard the story of
Vincent van Gogh cutting off his own ear and giving it to his favourite prostitute. But does anyone know what really happened?
The story goes that the combination of van Gogh’s heavy drinking of absinthe,  smoking, and possible poisoning from lead based oil paints,  led the artist to a madness which caused him to slash off his ear on December 23, 1888, and then commit suicide in 1890.
In their book “Van Gogh’s Ear: Paul Gauguin and the Pact of Silence”, Hamburg, Germany based art historians Hans Kaufman and Rita Wildegans present a different theory. The pair spent ten years reviewing French police investigations, witness accounts, and the artist’s personal letters. They believe that fellow artist and friend Paul Gauguin, who was known to have had a collection of weapons including fencing swords,  cut off van Gogh’s ear in self-defense.