Inspired by diverse cultures, these creative citizens of the world are making waves globally for their unconventional takes on Asian art.
From Cognac, France, living in Singapore
This French artist’s latest solo exhibition at Blue Lotus Fine Art Gallery is titled “Hello Singapore! An Inside-Out View of Our Red Dot.” Capturing local heritage and Peranakan architecture, her textural paintings comprise layers of high-pigmented acrylic resin and mineral powder that are used to create glazing and sculptural relief features, making even the tiniest of details pop. nathalie-laoue.com
Blair Plain in Tanjong Pagar by Nathalie Laoué
From Beirut, Lebanon, living in Singapore
Portraits by this French-Lebanese artist capture characters that, upon closer inspection, have subtle yet boundary-pushing details that spark questions of gender, era and identity—when seen as a series in a gallery, they blur the cultural lines between matador, modern empress and a coterie of women in Chinese ensembles. bluelotusfineart.com.sg
Milonga by Nadine Caloc
From Blankenberge, Belgium, living in Thailand
Develter’s hyper-realist portraits don’t just zoom in on the beauty, power and spirit of his protagonists, he seeks to document cultural phenomenons. His latest series, Chin Urban & Tribal, is inspired by the Chin tribe of Myanmar, where women have tattooed faces symbolic of their backgrounds and sense of belonging. He contemporises these vivid expressions in a highly stylised aesthetic of precise geometry. christiandevelter.com
Kuki Chin lithograph by Christian Develter
Supermodel, activist, provocateur—Naomi Campbell is the original multi-hyphenate. Enveloped in a cheeky 3D package designed by British artist Allen Jones, that resembles her décolletage, this signed, limited-edition eponymous book celebrates Campbell’s career in fashion and photography—a definite coffee table must-have. taschen.com
True style extends beyond your wardrobe—it's reflected in the way you live and your living spaces. Enter Objets Nomades, Louis Vuitton’s collection of foldable furniture and travel accessories, designed in collaboration with international artists like the Campana brother, who fashioned a travel cabinet entirely of recycled leather off cuts. Patrick Reymond of Atelier Oï joined the mix with a woven leather hammock; and an intelligently designed travel stool that appears like a single sheet of leather when folded. eu.louisvuitton.com
Maracatu by the Campana brothers and stools by Atelier Oï alongside Louis Vuitton luggages.
Lounge Chair by Marcel Wanders