Category Archives: Oriental Art

Hisashi Tenmyouya | From Passive Moon To Vibrant Sun

Above Left: Nine Kamakura Samurai (from Contemporary Japanese Youth Culture Scroll) August 2001, acrylic on wood (60cm x 42cm) Above Right: Archery 2008 acrylic on wood (90 cm x 70 cm) Japanese contemporary artist Hisashi Tenmyouya was born in February, 1966 in Tokyo. … Continue reading

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Bali Hai! This is Why

Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpes was born in Brussels on 9 February 1880. He left Europe in 1932 and travelled to Bali where he remained for the rest of his life. Le Mayeur De Merpes was fascinated with … Continue reading

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Enter the Dragon – How Clawsome

Melbourne’s Dai Loong (Big Dragon) has particular significance in the history of dragon making from China. Processional dragons are handmade out of silk, bamboo and wire. Historically it is a folk craft which originated in Foshan, in the Guangdong Province … Continue reading

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There’s No Duckin’ These Chickens in this Form of Art

Above: Ma Yali  – “Brigade Chicken Farm” (1973). Chinese “Peasant Painting” or “Folk Painting” reflects on the farming lives of the vast countryside of China during the 1960s.  Its style represents both old and new in its art. Old – … Continue reading

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Nothing Like Passing Through Air When You Are Feeling a Bit Like ‘Head in the Clouds’

‘Passing Through‘ (2010) oil on canvas 91 x 116.5 cm Taiwanese born artist Joyce Ho was born on 9th October, 1983 in Taipei. She received a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), University of California, Irvine (2007) and a Master of … Continue reading

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Tennyo “Magokoro” – The Goddess of Sincerity

Tennyo “Magokoro” (The Goddess of Sincerity) is a statue constructed by Gengen Sato, who spent more than 10 years at the task after it was commissioned by Mitsukoshi Ltd. Consisting principally of Japanese cypress “Hinoki” about 500 years old that … Continue reading

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Angels We Have Heard on High

Indonesian sculptor and installation artist Heri Dono was born in Jakarta on June 12, 1960. He studied at the Indonesian Art Institute (Institut Seni Indonesia) in Jogjakarta, where he won the Prize for the Best Painting in 1981 and again … Continue reading

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A Child is Born

A Child is Born by Mrs. Tun-jou Ku (I-ching Ku). I-ching Ku, was born ca 1915 in Hanchow, China. She was a well-known artist specializing in birds, flowers and Chinese landscapes. She became a professor of Chinese Art at the … Continue reading

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When in Singapore, you must Sri Mariamann Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Dravidian Hindu temple named after its principal deity, Mariamman –  a mother goddess who protects  against diseases in rural south India. Therefore, it is the centre of worship for the majority of South Indian … Continue reading

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Domo, Shintaro Suzuki

The image featured above  is entitled: “Portrait of a City,”  an oil painting by Shintaro Suzuki. Shintaro Suzuki was born in Hachioji, Tokyo in 1895.  He studied oil painting under Seiki Kuroda, who was one of the pioneers of western-style … Continue reading

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There’s more to this cardiologist than meets the eye

Image on left is: “Music to the eye” photographed and donated by Yean L. Lim AM ARPS FRACP Image on right: “In loving memory of our friend and colleague: Margaret Dougherty” (painted by Yean Lim) According to information on the … Continue reading

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Thou art the Iris, fair among the fairest

Kōrin Ogata aka Ogata Kōrin was a Japanese painter of the Rinpa school decorative style based on the ancient Japanese painting style of yamato-e during the Edo Period (1603-1867); who were masters of influence for modern Japanese art. Kōrin was the … Continue reading

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Beware of the nightly Tengu

The Tengu – are Japanese mythological human sized, bird-like creatures who are alleged to be dangerous but not always ill-willed spirits of the wilderness, who fly mostly at night. There are two kinds of Tengu: Karasu-Tengu with a short thick bird’s … Continue reading

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Just say – Cixi!

The Empress Dowager Cixi (akaTzu-Hsi) was born into the Manchurian  Yehenara clan, on the 29th November 1835.  She became a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially, but effectively, controlled the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 until her death … Continue reading

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Take me to your Jeepney

I had an hilarious time in the Philippines, using their l0cal method of transport – the Jeepney. These are the most popular means of public transport and are often known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations.  Some of the … Continue reading

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