2009 witnessed a remarkable convergence of talents at the 57 Underground Gallery. This pivotal moment brought forth an exquisite joint exhibition that celebrated the interplay between form and figure, skillfully curated by artist Yi-li Chin Ward and artist Mervyn Seldon--both recognized for their distinctive approaches to visual storytelling. As foreshadowed, the exhibition is named Form and Figure. Against the backdrop of this creative haven, both artists unveiled their captivating interpretations of the human form, inviting viewers into a world where lines, shapes, and emotions converged.
Sunbather was one of the paintings created by Yi-li Chin Ward stood out among the rest. It was one of Yi-li's larger works, with the canvas stretching 38" x 30". Sunbather portrays a serene moment where the subject reclines back in total relaxation against the silhouette of sunflowers. The subject emanates contentment and joy as the figure basks in the soothing embrace of the sunflower's symbolism, embodying a sense of blissful harmony. The varying linework weights, clever play of contrasting colors, and gravitating composition draw viewers in.
With a meticulous blend of technique and imagination, this exhibition marked a milestone, resonating with the gallery's commitment to showcasing the multifaceted beauty of art. As we delve into the narrative woven by Mervyn Seldon and Yi-li Chin Ward, we are transported to a space where artistic boundaries blur and the human experience takes center stage. The Form & Figure Exhibition is a testament to the artists' shared dedication to their craft and the seamless fusion of their unique narratives within the confines of 57 Underground's walls. Regrettably, this exhibition is one of the last exhibitions hosted by the 57 Underground Gallery as they succumb to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 epidemic.