SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Welcomes Artheline and their Hippop’Art Exhibition
Husband and wife duo Arnaud Nazare-Aga and Adeline Buenaventura, the creative forces behind Artheline, talked to Luxuo about their work and what is in store for visitors at Singapore Rendezvous. The full interview is available to read here
Could you tell us a little bit more about how “Artheline” came about?
Arnaud Nazare-Aga: Before talking about Artheline, which is the artist signature of Adeline and myself, let’s talk first about the PAJ’Art studio in Thailand, in Bangkok, which I created six years ago. In practice, it’s 1,000 square meters over four floors where nearly 30 people work that I trained and who help in the realization of the art pieces, carefully following my and Adeline’s instructions for the designs painted on the pieces.
The idea of creating the Artheline duo came naturally. While I was creating designs and crafting painted sculptures for other artists in our workshop, I felt like creating works with my wife Adeline. Initially the shapes were fairly simple like for example a woman, with the particularity of being round and generous, with very balanced proportions. Then paint (these shapes) with bright colors and more to give them the gaiety, beauty and a certain energy associated with each of the colors and their combination. All surfaces of the sculptures are covered with several layers of very bright marine varnish, which is sanded by hand several times between the layers to give great clarity and brightness to the surface of the piece. The originality of the work is in the aspect of finishing the piece, which looks as if it is blown glass or porcelain. This very elaborate surface is a job that often represents 50% of the time.
We love the hippo sculptures, how did you come up with those?
Adeline: The idea and inspirations of “Artheline” sculptures is to work on the roundness and character of the sculptures.
Why Hippo? We did the hippo because it is his roundness and his aggressive character that gives us the inspiration to turn this into something lovely, attractive, colorful, happy and touchable.
Hippos are well known for their aggressive behaviour and they can lethal. The hippo is not lovable at all. Our hippos are just amazingly friendly, beautiful and happy.
These sculptures will be showcased at the inaugural SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS. What does it mean to you, to be part of such an event?
Adeline: For us, it is a great pleasure and a huge opportunity to be a part of this event and to showcase our artwork and surely it is a huge compliment and exposure for us as artists. After our Hippop’art exhibition at The Fullerton Hotel and Marina Bay last year it will be a continuation and we hope it will be a great success!
How to get there
Via the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE): Turn left into Tuas West Drive then turn right into Raffles Marina.
Via Pioneer Road: Turn right into Tuas West Drive, then turn left into Raffles Marina.