Local Artist Transforms Mundane Singaporean Life into Intense Nostalgia


In the middle of a dark painting, a solitary old man perches atop a blue tiled concrete seat usually found in the void decks of HDB flats. He’s hunched over, his back facing us.

We can’t see what he’s doing, but there is a sense that we have invaded his private bubble.

This is just one of the many quintessential Singaporean scenes that Singaporean artist, Jonathan Lim, manages to transform into paintings. In a style reminiscent of American realist painter Edward Hopper’s depictions of everyday life, Jonathan similarly captures the mundane parts of Singaporean living, yet does so in a way that his paintings are heavy with both sentiment and familiarity.

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