Date(s) - 22 May 2008
Organised by Overseas Union Enterprise Limited, the glamorous event was hosted by Andrea Fonseka who won the audience over with her beauty and poise.
She also unveiled the artists’ impression of the soon to be built Mandarin Gallery, opening in 2009.
Mandarin Gallery is a prime retail space at the heart of the world-renowned Orchard Road shopping belt. With more than 150 metres of retail frontage along Orchard Road, the new Mandarin Gallery will be a luxury-focused retail complex with its interiors design by Japanese design specialist, AIM CREATE and will feature exciting signature brands including Bread and Butter, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Mauboussin.
Guests were also treated to a magnificent dinner by chefs from the famed HANA Group (by Mr Tomohiro Hayano) who were flown in exclusively from Japan for the event. Mr Hayano not only flew in premium quality tuna from Tokyo’s famous Tsukigi market, he also demonstrated his swift and precise knife-skills. The evening also featured many stations of gastronomic culinary delight, from the innovative Hainanese chicken sushi, to feats of molecular gastronomy with peking duck and plum powder cotton candy, nitrogen chocolate balls and foie gras lollipops.
However, the real star of the night was the live painting by Mr Wang Zijiang, one of Japan’s top Chinese ink artists, who has been living in Tokyo for the past 20 years. Particularly renowned in China and Japan, Wang was born to a family of artists in Beijing where he started painting at the age of 3 under the influence of his grandfather and father. Currently based in Japan, he was commissioned in 2004 by the China National Museum in Beijing and he was the first person to be honoured by the China Agency for Cultural Affairs, receiving high praise from the art realm and many others in the government and financial circles.
Known for his ability to paint quickly, Mr Wang devotes many years before painting to research. One of his most famous paintings is a 100m wall mural in Yakushiji Temple depicting religious Buddhist figures. It took him 6yrs to research, 1 month to paint
Mr Wang believes in “art giving back to society” and has painted 5 works of art during his one week stay in Singapore. The last painting was painted live in 15 minutes and all the paintings were auctioned in benefit of the Business Times Budding Artists Fund. The auction raised $117,000 with all proceeds donated to the visual arts programme under the Budding Artists Academy, managed by the Business Times Budding Artists Fund.
The Business Times Budding Artists Fund is deeply grateful to Overseas Union Enterprise Limited for its generous donation and thoughtful dedication of this event to a programme that will indeed teach more children about making art that gives back to society and will enrich their lives with the language of the arts.