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Colourful Expressions Conquer Singapore: A Meeting of Different Art Forms

Press Release   •   Jul 25, 2013 15:22 +08

Singapore, 25 July 2013 - On the 24th of July, three Australian artists came together to merge their various art forms in a journey to explore and redefine notions of colour. This unique experience was a combined effort of abstract artist Robyn Saurine, photographer Gordon Carlyle, and singer-songwriter Peter Fogarty, at the opening for their new exhibition, Colourful Expressions at popular Australian hangout Kooka Café at Purvis Street

The three artists strived to portray their own idea of what colour means to them through their different mediums, and event-goers experienced each diverse perspective and how it drives their art style in different ways.

The exhibition showcases Robyn Saurine’s darker and textured multi-media pieces that explore personal experiences such as missed opportunities and the beauty of travel, alongside Gordon Carlyle’s photographs of natural landscapes in Australia, which uses colours a way of challenging people to see nature in a new way. The display provided a visual feast, with their contrasting styles and brilliant colours.

Singer-Songwriter Peter Fogarty also performed a set at the exhibition opening to accompany the visual showcase, and provide his own interpretation of colour through music. “Colour is life. Colour occurs in all forms of art, be it visual or aural. The colour and the texture of what we perceive is what give our lives reference,” Peter says. He is currently finalising the production of his first solo album here in Singapore, due in September 2013.

The paintings and photographs will be displayed at Kooka Café until the 29th September 2013, and can also be accessed on the Colourful Expressions online catalogue.

Details and Background


Kooka Café 18 Purvis Street, Singapore 188597

Nearest MRT stations: Bugis or Cityhall

General Opening Hours:
Tue - Thu: 10:30am – 7pm

Fri - Sat: 10:30am – 10pm

Sun: 10:30am – 6pm

Website & Catalogue:

About the artists:

Gordon Carlyle is a photographer/ photojournalist who currently works for a global corporation in IT. He was born in Australia and has lived in various locations in Australia, The Netherlands and for the last three and a half years Singapore. Gordon has travelled extensively for work and leisure and as such brings a global perspective to his work. Gordon’s photography and writing reflect the many different perspectives of the world and tend to focus on more remote and unusual locations often seeking the abstract in the natural world.

Gordon Carlyle started his photographic journey as a 12-year-old when he was given a camera for his birthday.  His photography style is selective, offers different perspectives and intends to be thought provoking and inspiring while portraying natural beauty.

'There is always another perspective' - As a photographer this is the byline by which he operates. Travel and the combination of his two great recreational loves, photography and off road motorcycle riding, present an opportunity like no other to explore different perspectives.

Robyn Saurine is an abstract artist who currently works in a multinational organisation in IT. She was born in NSW Australia, has lived in various locations along the Australian east coast and the last four years in Singapore.

Art for Robyn is as vital as breathing and keeps her grounded. She likes to organise group exhibitions and enjoys working with others and loves the variety that comes from each person’s unique style. Robyn has exhibited work in small shows in Australia and last year ran a group charity fund raiser with a number of emerging artists in the “What Makes You Happy?!” art event at Marina Bay Financial Centre.

Robyn has studied photography, pencil drawing, and most recently abstract art at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore, where she was awarded the highest grade obtainable on completion.

Peter Fogarty is an IT professional for a large global corporation by day and a singer songwriter by night. He was born in Australia and has worked in many locations. He spent the last three and a half years working in Singapore and bouncing between here and Brisbane, Australia.

Having played in bands in Australia in his youth, his hectic work travel schedule over the five years has resulted in his solo work capturing the feelings and thoughts as he travels. A troubadour at heart, a travelling minstrel, he currently gigs regularly in a number of locations around Singapore and Brisbane and is currently finalising the production of his first solo album here in Singapore, due in September 2013.

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