The paraphernalia of theatre
effectively suggested by a few dashes in red.
Again, this is a big piece, 6 by 8 feet. The perspective is unusual, the artist has painted it from the river looking in, uniting three of his favourite subject matters into one painting: shophouses, bumboats and the river. Except here, all three are ‘props’ to the focal point, a white tented stage. Cleverly, the artist has eliminated the sky, pulling the eye down to what matters: the street where the activities are happening. There is buzz, suggested by an assembly of outlined humans on the street and some in the shophouses looking down. Interestingly, we can only see the back of the stage with the paraphernalia of theatre effectively suggested by a few dashes in red. The artist has left the real theatre to the imagination.