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Belinda Fox

Painter

Tell us a little about your background in life and in your career.
I am originally from Melbourne, Australia. I moved to Singapore a year ago. I have been a full time artist since I quit my job in 2006 as a workshop manager and master printer at Port Jackson Press Australia. It was a great job but I wanted to see if I could make it as an artist. So far so good! Whilst I studied printmaking and that is my foundation as an artist, painting is my mainstay now. I enjoy working in multiple mediums actually. I have a small child, Billie, who is 4. The whole family is loving being here in Singapore.

How would you describe your art?
Figurative abstraction. It is often influenced by my travels. It’s the feeling of a place and space that is the most important aspect of my work. I also value good quality in everything so I take pride in doing things the best I can too.

What’s your creative process like?
Travel – photos – thinking – writing – despairing – stressing – inspiration – working! Repeat from beginning…

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Could you share a bit about your tattoos?
Yes, my tattoos are a bit like a timeline of important events in my life. The first one was done when I turned 18, next when I was 21 and graduated from art school, the third one was done after I left my printmaking job and became a full-time artist in 2006, then in 2009 after the birth of my child Billie, and most recently this year after my family moved to Singapore.

I love the fact that they all have significance. I have never regretted any of them. I am particularly happy with the last three as they are derived from Japanese textile designs. They were all done at Tattoo Magic in Melbourne. The guys in that tattoo shop are very well regarded; they see tattoos as an art form. I love going there. It is addictive!

What time of day are you most creative?
Morning and in summer. That explains why I have been so productive here in Singapore. Summer all round here!

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What music do you listen to while painting?
It varies but I tend to go through phases. For example during the Melbourne exhibition this year – all that work (so say 6 months of work) was done listening to Brian Eno. Just all the time, nonstop. I get on a bent and can’t let it go. A few years ago it was Jay Mascis. I certainly feel the music plays a huge part of the creative process for me. I can feel the music in the work. It’s actually quite important but it’s hard to articulate why.

How did becoming a mother change your work?
Having a child changes absolutely everything including my artwork. I am certainly more productive now that my time is so limited. That is a good thing. The hardest part though is travelling to more risky places and having quiet time to think.

I can attribute the changes in my colour palette to my little girl- it is brighter and more adventurous due to hours of colouring with her.

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How did you stumble across this space?
Walking around the area. I immediately loved the Arab Quarter- it is very interesting. I just started calling up numbers on rent signs. At first I was trying to do internet searches which proved useless. Old school wandering helped me find this gem.

How would you describe your space, and what do you like best about it?
It’s simple but all I need it to be. What I like best is that it has great energy and great light. And close to great coffee and food. Happy days!

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What are you most excited about right now?
I am super excited I just had an almost sell out show here in Singapore at Chan Hampe Gallery. That was most unexpected and super exciting! And coming up I have my first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at The Cat Street Gallery. Looking forward to hanging out in HK for a few days and hoping my good fortune in Singapore follows me there too.

Famous last words?
If it is to be then it’s up to me.

 

 

 

November 10 2013, 0 Comments

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