In recent years, this shopkeeper is drawn to abstract art and he learned of Piet Mondrian and his body of works. He took a picture of the Simei Estate (seen below) recently and wondered if some of its design was influenced by Mondrian?
And below are the front and back cover pages of a Mondrian Pop-Up book. Please also click on the Youtube video link (by fellow youtube user) to see the flip-though of a beautifully rendered Mondrian works in 3D pop-up.
Pop-Up Book Meets Op Art.
Featuring the art works of Victor Vasarely, Pop-Ups rendered by Philippe Ug.
As this shopkeeper went through his piles of old books at home, he found an old newspaper cutting. It was an 1998 Business Times article on the late Mr Wu Guanzhong （吳冠中) in conjunction with an exhibition of his works in Singapore that year.
As an admirer of Mr Wu's works for over 2 decades, he is looking forward to visiting the National Gallery Singapore in which one of the galleries is dedicated to Mr Wu and his art pieces.
Meanwhile, he is to content with the woodblock print (木版水印) that hangs on the shop's wall and the several art books of Mr Wu that sit on the shop's shelf.
As the Monument Valley (video game) was made available for free on iOS platform (usually for a limited time only), this shopkeeper downloaded the award-winning game. He was very impressed- the interactiveness, story-telling etc. Most of all, its graphic design in reference to M. C. Escher's works.
For comparison, here are the images from the game and Escher's work, Waterfall taken from a Pop-Up book (which of course is on sale in this bookstore :)
Do check out the game, whether you are on iOS platform or not. Beside it being an enjoyable game, it might even tell us something about changing perspectives to see things differently.
When this shopkeeper saw the posters and trailer of the forthcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass by Disney, he was of the impression that the 'adaptation' is at last dark enough to be called a Burton production (although, oddly, he is only the producer and not director).
Indeed, he found the elements (particularly the Time/Clock motifs) closer to Salvador Dalí interpretation of the story than the original.
In the 1960s, Dalí was commissioned to do a suite of 12 illustrations (1 for each chapter) of the story that was included in a special edition of "Alice's Adventure in Wonderland" that was published in 1969.
This year, marking the 150th anniversary of the original Alice, the book, long since out-of-print and out-of-reach (price-wise), was re-published- complete will all the illustrations. Here are some of the images from the new edition.
The peanuts comic strip was first published on 2 October 1950- 65 years ago, today.
The strip has had (and still do) great influence over this shopkeeper's outlook of life. And it is his wish that, commercialisation of the brand and characters notwithstanding, the spirits of the Peanuts Gang and the wisdom of Mr Charles Schulz would endure for generations and continue to bring about positive influences.
For those of us who had always wanted to frame and hang up our own art pieces on the wall, the special artist's edition of Johanna Basford's Secret Garden, features 20 of the most popular artworks (in one-sided, pull-out art print format) from the original book, ready to colour and frame.
Available in store and online.
Colouring the Lion City by William Sim. On one of the pages, one can even see in the background the building in which this shop is located.
The books arrived yesterday and when this shopkeeper took a quick browse of the graphic novel that sold out its first 2 editions, he saw the reasons of its popularity beyond the obvious (see attached images).