AC43 is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Singapore’s young and emerging artist Benny Teo. Featuring over 20 recent oil paintings, "Picking Up Fallen Leaves" gestures toward a new beginning in Benny’s artistic exploration. Through a heavy palette rich in tonal expansion and provocative brushwork that oscillates between a fluid, searching spirit and a bold, agitated character, Benny’s work captivates with its honest pursuit of emotions, both raw and controlled; feelings and desires, freedom and entanglement translate into compelling interactions in pictorial space.
British Master J.M.W Turner’s sublime painterliness is a palpable influence in Benny’s body of work. Utilising the expressivity of gesture, elements like lines, shapes and colours engage in dramatic exchanges to create an atmospheric and emotionally-charged space where the diaphanous and the concrete collide; and opposing elements intertwined. The work on display connects viewers with the different dimensions of the artist’s emotional world.
Benny Teo (b. 1988, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2013. His work has been featured in several group exhibitions, including Roadless Travelled, German Centre, Singapore (2013); SPOT ART, MICA Building, Singapore (2013); DRIVE - A Gillman Barracks Public Art Festival, Singapore (2014); Art of Our City: Singapore Young Artists, The Art Space@ SUNTEC, Singapore (2015); and Presence and Distances, Flaneur Gallery, Singapore (2015), among others.
The official opening of "Picking Up Fallen Leaves" takes place on 27 April 2017 (Thursday), 7 pm. To enable a better understanding of Benny’s journey and artistic process, AC43 will host an Artist’s Talk (which includes a Q&A session) on 29 April 2017 (Saturday), from 3.00 – 4.00 pm. Both events are free and open to the public (RSVP required).
Exhibition Opening: 27 April 2017 (Thursday), 7 pm
Artist’s Talk: 29 April 2017 (Saturday), 3.00 – 4.00 pm
Exhibition Period: 28 April 2017 – 8 May 201
Venue: AC43 Gallery, 231 Bain Street, #03-39