Tropical Jalan is heading overseas after being commissioned by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Created using the block print method, this artwork was inspired by Chinese temples, the lush vegetation of Singapore and a touch of English ivy. The patterns were made by researching tiles found at a clan temple founded partly by my great grandfather in Singapore in 1928. The title of the artwork is a play on the Malay word Jalan, meaning to 'take a walk'.
Tropical Jalan is part of my Singapore Heritage Tile Art Collection, which is a visual exploration of family history and personal connection to various shophouses, temples and landmarks on this island nation. A sense of travel, tradition and time is captured in each work as tales of this nation's cross-cultural roots and links to the past are uncovered.
Each piece in the collection is lovingly created by hand in my heartland studio in Singapore. I use the traditional block printing method, my own hand-carved blocks, and paint colours matched by eye. This artwork is ready to hang in your home or to give to someone special. Colours and artwork size can be personalised upon request.