Visual Arts Centre

Singapore-Japan Ink Painting Exchange Exhibition

17 September to 21 September 2017


The Siaw-Tao Seal Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society collaborates with the International Sumi-e Association to present:

Singapore – Japan Ink Painting Exchange Exhibition 2017

From 17th to 21st September 2017, open from 11am-7pm daily, at the Visual Arts Centre Exhibition Gallery, this showcase features fifty paintings by artists from Singapore and Japan and allows us to appreciate the finesse of ink painting of both countries.

We cordially invite Visual Arts Centre patrons to join us for the Opening Ceremony:

16 September 2017 Saturday


*Please kindly arrive by 6:30pm for entry.

BY RSVP ONLY: or call us at 6255 0711


Michelle Ma

Michelle Ma (b. 1978, North East China) is a Singapore-based Chinese artist. She was trained in the Traditional Chinese Ink Painting (Xie Yi, “写意”) at the age of eight by a Chinese Master. Upon graduation from the University, she started her professional career in one of Fortune Global 500 in Beijing in 2001. After few posts in various cities in China, she was given an opportunity to work in Singapore as a commercial professional in 2007.

In 2015, she decided to leave the corporate world after 13 years to pursue a much delayed childhood dream, to be a full-time artist. Coming from the mainland Chinese, she believes that there are a lot more to be appreciated about China and she hopes that her art work will be able to help China’s rich heritage culture reach out to more people and create more understanding about this beautiful ancient nation.

The current collection of “Prominent Female Chinese portraits” is Michelle’s newest China historical icon series. “Their names and stories are known in China but I want more people to know about those legendary lives as they are the reflection of certain era in the history.”, said Michelle Ma.

One year after her debut art exhibition at The Substation in Singapore in 2016, her art work have been purchased by people from US, UK, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, Greece, Singapore, China and more.

Michelle Ma lives in Singapore with her husband and two young children.

Nicole Fabry

Born in Belgium, I spent my youth in a family of art lovers. In 1991, I started my journey in the world. As a cultural nomad, I have lived in several continents and many cities. With a background in Human Resources and intercultural coaching, I have a genuine interest and passion for people.

I am a self-thought artist; I have no formal art education, but I learned through observation and perseverant practice. Whenever and wherever I could, I took art classes. For example, in Chicago I joined the Dupage Art League. In Paris I was an habituée at the Academie Grande Chaumière for life drawing sessions and I also followed figurative painting at the Ateliers des Beaux-Arts. In Singapore, I found my second home at My Art Space. I work in various mediums, ranging from charcoal to pastel, acrylic and oil painting.

I am very excited to have a dual solo exhibition with my friend, Michelle Ma. Michelle and me were drawn to each other’s style of work. We both enjoy painting portraits.

We left our cultures in exploration of broader horizons but often have to come back to self-discovery and awareness. That’s what we have in common. In the discovery of others, we recognize ourselves. In our roots, we find humanity. This is the dichotomy of inwards vs. outwards, reflected in our work. Michelle is looking closer to her roots and culture and history, while I am looking outwards, striving to belong to larger community and humanity, beyond borders, in order to seek faces that speak intuitively.

Our exhibition takes you on this journey with us. In the discovery of the other, in our portraits, we hope you will also discover something about yourselves.


Exhibition Details

From 17th to 21st September 2017, 11am-7pm, the Singapore-Japan Ink Painting Exchange Exhibition features a fine selection of ink paintings by established artists from both Singapore and Japan. This exhibition is open to the public, free admission.

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