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Art gallery in Singapore: Art Porters’ features Naufal Abshar’s “Is this Fate?” exhibit

Sitting in its new home, Art Porters’ features the art work of the Indonesian artist who uses humor to connect to his audience with his latest show

Jan 10, 2017 | By Vimi Haridasan

With a brand new home at Spottiswoode Park road, the gallery known as Art Porters’ is all set to host the works of Indonesian artist Naufal Abshar from his “Is this Fate?” exhibit. At the same time, the gallery will be featuring his work at Art Stage Singapore 2017. Known for his bright and vibrant paintings, the artist adds touches of humor to his creations. The artist either includes laughter or satirical joke texts in his artworks to express his protest for certain issues.

Indonesian artist Naufal Abshar

Indonesian artist Naufal Abshar

An alumnus of Lasalle College of The Arts and Goldsmiths of London University, Naufal created the concept of the “HAHA” series upon his graduation. The artist shows us the various contexts in which humor is expressed in the Asian context and how it serves as means to bridge the link between humans. In his latest solo show, Naufal narrates the story and complexity of life through puzzle paintings. His philosophy is that humans have the freedom to choose their path in life, regardless of their social, religious and economic backgrounds.

He also encourages individuals to curate or create their own story from his puzzle paintings thus shifting their perspective of the artwork. For instance, visitors to the Art Porters’ gallery can change the head of a robot figure with that of an astronaut figure, lending an interesting twist to the story. His selection by the gallery is no accident either. Art Porters’ is a gallery that gravitates towards artists and art works of a contemporary nature.

“Is this Fate?” will show from January 11 to February 28 at the Art Porters’ Gallery.