Not Just a Little Red Dot: Durian



Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 75cm

Hailed as the King of Fruits, the durian is such a divisive fruit that you either love it or hate it. There are two durian species which are native to Singapore. These are the Durio singaporensis, or durian daun, and the Durio griffithii or durian tupai.

In 1956,  Lorong Lew Lian was named after the fruit — “lew lian” means durian in the Hokkien dialect. This is one of many roads in the Upper Serangoon Road area named after local fruits. I gave the King of Fruits a kaleidoscopic spin, and hopefully it will not be as polarising as its smell and taste.

About the ‘Not Just a Little Red Dot’ collection

When someone mentions ‘Singapore’, what comes to mind?

Despite its small land footprint on the world map, Singapore has taken huge strides and big leaps since independence to transform into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. In Singapore’s transformation journey, iconic national symbols and landmarks were created along the way to represent Singapore in the world, and unite all citizens as one.

Created in my signature contemporary and tactile style, each piece in the collection is inspired by an iconic national symbol or landmark from significant milestones in Singapore’s history and present day developments.

The year when the symbol was created or when the landmark was completed is ‘stamped’ on the artwork, serving as a timestamp marking its historical significance at various points in Singapore’s history.