Points of Articulation
16 November – 22 December 2019
Solamalay Namasivayam: Points of Articulation is a retrospective exhibition dedicated to showcasing the legacy of Namasiavayam.
While his significant contributions as one of the pioneers of figurative art in Singapore was previously overlooked, the gallery aims to bring his works and life as an artist-educator to light through this exciting and important archival project.The exhibition showcases more than 30 works done in a variety of mediums to render the human figure; ranging from monochromatic charcoal or ink on paper, to coloured pieces done in pastels or gouache. A prolific artist, these works were carefully selected from his extensive oeuvre, that provide insights into his life and practice as both an artist and art educator.
S. Namasivayam played a leading role in the development of figurative art in Singapore as a founding member of Singaporean art group, Group 90. Attracting like-minded individuals who adhered to European artistic traditions of live drawing and the human nude as the foundation of art, Group 90 was at the forefront of live drawing in Singapore and created opportunities for this important study in aesthetics and discipline in art to develop. This exihibit accordingly makes an important contribution to the history of art in Singapore by highlighting Namasivayam’s role as a prominent pioneer of figurative drawing within the local arts scene.