A week or so ago, I was invited back to Ernst & Young for the cocktail launch of the Ernst & Young Asean Art Outreach exhibition. Despite me not being that appreciative of artworks as compared to curators and art-lovers, it was a fantastic evening of food, joy and catching up with old colleagues from the Marketing department whom I’ve not seen since leaving EY earlier in June.
A little bit more about the exhibition before I go into the post:
Ernst & Young launched the Asean Art Outreach program four years ago, providing gallery space within the office to showcase the artistic talents in the region, with the aim to promote these talents and at the same time, providing a platform for clients, people and the public to appreciate the vibrant art scene here in Southeast Asia. These exhibitions are held once every four months to feature different artists from the Asean region and have since included artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam.
– Excerpt from Ernst & Young’s Executive Chairman Ong Yew Huat
This series saw the artworks of Vietnamese artist Ly Hung Anh being exhibited here in our Singapore office, with each painting reflecting his memories and experiences from his visits to countrysides and also, portraits of various people important to him. They measure an approximate 150 by 250 cm, and would cost you from US$3,000 per piece.
So without further ado, let me take you on a virtual tour of the evening’s program and the artworks:
And yes, don’t worry. Food pictures over, now moving on to the artworks (or a brief glance of a few of them).
There are, of course, many more paintings on display at the Ernst & Young gallery, and I shan’t show all for it won’t be any more fun if you see all here and not head down. A picture does speak a thousand words but I assure you you have to head down to the gallery to take a look yourself to fully appreciate the painting (rather than staring at it from the screen from my blog HAHA). See, even an artwork idiot like me knows how to appreciate art.
Nevertheless, US$5,000 may seem a high price to pay for an artwork like this for most of us, but we should take comfort in the fact that 20% of the proceeds will be donated to either one of three charities Ernst & Young has adopted in Singapore. They are:
- Club Rainbow (Singapore)
- National Cancer Research Fund
- Lions Befriender Service Association (Singapore)