Frederick Cayley Robinson: Acts of Mercy

I have chanced upon the Wellcome Trust sponsored exhibition at National Gallery the other day – Frederick Cayley Robinson’s Acts of Mercy and other paintings. While his work seems calm and serene at the outset, one discovers how the subtlety and flat colours combine to express both hope and resignation. This is related to the…

Poem inspired by Surreal House show at the Barbican

This is the floor of my mind. The floor. You can curl your limbs and your mind as if in yoga. Fold up your thoughts, one by one, then undo the positions. The stove is hot. Don’t touch it. Don’t touch. And don’t surf. Or I’ll stab your hands with pencils. I mean it. Girl…

Picasso and the Mediterranean mood

Looking at the exclusive family-owned collection of his paintings, sculptures and drawings exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery this summer, it is wonderful to be reminded how irrelevant age is to one’s imagination and creativity. That flamboyant body of work was what Picasso, in his 60s, created in the Mediterranean. The colourful ceramics featured in the…

Arab world in Knightsbridge, London

The London Evening Standard reported a traffic accident of two Arab drivers crashing their Lamborghinis in the streets in Knightsbridge, London, damaging four other expensive cars along the way. Allegedly from wealthy families in Abu Dhabi, these car owners reassured shocked passers-by that they would pay for the damages. Two weeks ago, we had stood…

My Cultural Life on Observer

I was quite pleased to find out that my contributed article (‘my cultural life’) was published by the Observer, 27 June (p50).

Henry Moore

With the exhibition on Henry Moore drawing to a close at Tate Britain, I went there for a browse. I had always harboured interest for the artist’s work, ever since I noticed ‘The Oval’ in Exchange Square, Hong Kong. Compared to the two isolated sculptures I saw in my home city, this exhibition at the…

Simplicity and optimism in the work of Christian Købke

The three-month exhibition at the National Gallery featuring Christian Købke’s paintings has done a great job in raising profile of this lesser-known Danish artist who died young, reviving attention towards Købke’s interpretation of characters and colours in his artwork. Anchored in the simplicity of folk life and customs, and with an invested faith in realism, Købke’s work…

Thomas Heatherwick and his super-sculptures

Thomas Heatherwick and his art intrigue me. Years ago, my boss at Swire gave me an interview clip on Heatherwick’s childhood. I find out that Heatherwick, born into a family of artists, harbours a questioning mind since he was a child. He likes to find out new ways of doing things. It’s fascinating how the…

Everyone wants to be Carey Mulligan

Dressed in a navy blue Azzaro evening gown with a sparkly crystal-studded collar, the 24-year-old actress Carey Mulligan dazzled everyone with her first Cannes appearance. Her new cropped haircut shows off her chin, and the look grows on me. In another photo shoot promoting the premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, she exudes an almost…

Review on Kogut’s documentary Mutum: childhood in the sertao

I was invited to a film screening of Sandra Kogut’s documentary, ‘Mutum’, which brought much understanding as to how you can disregard rules in any genre and make your own footprints. Kogut, a Brazilian by birth and who has traveled widely, succeeded to adopt the novel Campo Geral. Written by Joao Guimaraes Rosa back in…