Peranakan & The SING City’: Digital Preservation of a Vibrant Heritage

Singapore, 28 March 2014 – Immerse in the richness of Peranakan culture with the latest exhibition of art pieces at Pan Pacific Singapore’s Public Art Space. From 4 April to 4 July, ‘Peranakan & The SING City’ will feature the unique artwork of Mr. Robert Teo, a prolific visual artist who is passionate about preserving his culture through digital mixed-media painting on canvas.

He says, “I have always been fascinated by the Peranakan culture due to the influence of my mother and wife. I created these pieces to capture the distinct and vibrant Peranakan culture on a digital platform to rekindle public interest and attract them to engage in this unique heritage. I use new and mixed mediums to create my artwork so as to connect with the audience and interest them in the beautiful and multi-layered Baba culture”.

Through the three-month long exhibition, Teo hopes to reflect the rich Peranakan heritage in a manner that is relevant to the present. The synthesis of digital media will also appeal to a younger audience and aid in their appreciation of this interesting culture. Each intricate piece tells a story inspired by the diverse heritage and reflects the heartwarming influence that his mother and wife has on his artwork. ‘Peranakan & The SING City’ will also bring visitors on an experiential journey of the Peranakan culture and witness the elements that define this unique heritage.

The exhibition allows visitors to embrace the delicate details of the Peranakan culture as Teo combines the social fabric of traditional Peranakan culture with his personal experiences and memories to tell a unique story. Hybrid seamlessly combines influences from the very cultures that shape Peranakan history. Inspired by Chinese, Malay and European elements, Teo has created a colourful combination of floral and animal symbols reflecting the nature of Peranakan heritage.

Another piece that Teo holds close to his heart is Diminishing. Similar to how Peranakan matriarchs hand sew the iconic beaded slippers bead by bead, Teo has woven his story pixel by pixel on the digital mixed-media format. The end product is a beautiful and intriguing piece that tells the artist’s story through every inch of the artwork. It also serves as a poignant reminder for audience to preserve the rich culture that is fast fading in today’s modern society.

Visitors are welcome to experience this colourful exhibition and relive the stories that Teo tells through his artwork. Besides Hybrid and Diminishing, other exhibited pieces will also tell an emotionally stirring story of Teo’s experience with the vibrant Peranakan heritage. ‘Peranakan & The SING City’ will be available from 4 April to 4 July. Located at Level 2 at Public Art Space, the complimentary art exhibition is open throughout the day. 50 per cent of the sales proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Agape Village Building Project.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Venetia Chung
Assistant Marketing Manager
DID: (65) 6826 8095

Ms Tang Wen Xian
Assistant Marketing Manager
DID: (65) 6826 8092

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Located in the heart of Marina Bay with easy access to world-class shopping, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Central Business District, Pan Pacific Singapore offers 790 contemporary rooms and suites that are ideal for business or leisure. Savour epicurean delights at our award-winning restaurants and bar or rejuvenate at our swimming pool and spa. Pan Pacific Singapore is proud to be named Asia’s Leading Business Hotel by the World Travel Awards from 2006 to 2012, World’s Leading Business Hotel by the World Travel Awards from 2007 to 2010 and 2012, and World’s Leading City Hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2011. The hotel was also a recent winner in “2013 World’s Best Business Hotels” by Travel & Leisure Magazine Readers, Tripadvisor’s 2013 Traveller’s Choice Awards and Certificate of Excellence Awards.

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About Public Art Space

Public Art Space, 220 square metres of dedicated space on level two of the hotel overlooking The Atrium, is dedicated to showcasing collections by international and local artists with regularly rotating exhibitions. The decision to create Public Art Space is based on the hotel’s commitment to the local community; particularly supporting local Arts in the most accessible way possible and making it available for public enjoyment.

About Robert Teo

Robert Teo is a professional artist with experience in a broad spectrum of visual art disciplines including digital computer animation, graphic design, photography and fine art. He is currently a practising visual artist and like to immerse himself in the new exciting field of digital mixed-media painting. Since the mid-1980s, Teo has been exploring the vast potential of digital mixed media and is determined to cut his unique style. Teo has held three solo digital and mixed-media art exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows, both local and overseas. Apart from private collections, his works are also collected by several corporate firms and the Asian Civilisation Museum. Teo is also an active member of the Modern Art Society of Singapore and a life member of The Peranakan Association, Singapore.
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