Oku, which was previously known as TFS Private Works is a Japanese fine dining restaurant nestled in the busy Telok Ayer St, Singapore. This restaurant is also a souped up sister version of the successful restaurant set-up, The Flying Squirrel located at Amoy St on the next street. The clients were looking for a particular look with vintage Japanese style painting with a contemporary modern twist. To match the restaurants theme and menu. The idea was to portray the 4 seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter.
I then started to research on vintage Japanese woodblock prints and screen paintings From then on, I decided to have gold colour as the background just like the many screen paintings, calligraphic brush strokes and washes to depict the drama. The contemporary twist was the use of acrylic paints and the free and expressive brush strokes. Acrylic on stretched canvas on wooden frames. A set of 4 paintings, quadriptych each piece measuring 150cm(H) x 180cm(W).