Sunday, 15 February 2015

Singapore's Biggest Dig



Singapore's biggest archaeological excavation is taking place at Empress Place, in a 1000 sq m area. The dig has so far unearthed 400 kg of artifacts and deposits and will end on April 9.

This is great to see; keeping Singapore's material heritage safe for further generations and study.  The whole Empress Place site is rich in history.  Not just during the British tenure but well before, when Iskandar Shah ruled, some 600 years ago.

The National Heritage Board records that'the The site is more than 1,000 sq m in size — about the equivalent of 10 four-room HDB flats.'

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Golf (After Nicholson) - Art Print

I always admired the minimalist abstractions of Ben Nicholson.  This, coupled with the fact that today is the first day of LPGA golf in 2015, resulted in a golf inspired composition.

Golf (After Nicholson)
Print on Canvas
Roger Smith 2015
Copies of this print are available here.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Today's Art - Botany Downs Landscape

Botany Downs Landscape
Print on Canvas
Roger Smith 2015

Copies available here.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

WoW! Dinosaurs, Rockets & Creativity

I paid one of my infrequent visits to our Auckland War Memorial Museum today.  As its title suggest, it is a mix of 'memorial to the fallen' and a historical showcase of a wide range of diverse collections.

From Dinosaurs and a jade buffalo from the Summer Palace, the to a German V1 Rocket, this museum has it all.  best of all it is free to Auckland ratepayers.

Auckland War Memorial Museum
The temporary exhibition when I visited this summer was the New Zealand event, the World of Wearable Art (WoW), which will later embark on a world tour to other museum.

If you get a chance to see WoW you should as it is inspirational and highly creative in the costumes on display.
The World Of Wearable Art Exhibition - Auckland War Memorial Museum

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Blame It One The Bugis

Get the shirt here!
Singapore's Bugis Street stills has a 'certain reputation'.

Art Work on Pinterest

My latest art prints are added to Pinterest.  You can see and follow them on this board.

Follow Roger Smith's board My Online Art Gallery - Original Work on Pinterest.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Singapore Then And Now - Photographs That Celebrate 50 Years

The Straits Times has been publishing some interesting 'then and now' slider images recently.  These show common Singapore landmarks as they were, and as they are now.

They include the following:

The MPH Building
See the full size slider photos here.
The Cathay Cinema
See the full size slider photos here.
Clarke Quay
See the full size slider photos here.
Capitol Theatre in 1983 and today.
See full size slider here.
I am pleased that a number of these heritage buildings are still standing, as many of them were lost forever in the drive for modernisation and thanks to the stress of a tropical climate on such structures.

The newspaper will be adding new slider images each Thursday in 2015 as part of the celebrations this year of Singapore's 50th Anniversary.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Today's Art - Yellow Lanterns

Yellow Lantern
Roger Smith 2014
Prints available here.
Art montage based on man-made objects, sign and marks.  Large canvas 120.5 cm X 101.4 cm