This is LWH Gallery’s first exhibition in Shanghai. Woon Hoe serendipitously founded the gallery on a recent trip to Moganshan Lu. Singaporean native, Woon truly believes in the gallery’s motto “Live life with Heart”. He has an affinity to Buddhism, spurned on by the fact that a psychic told him that he was a monk in his past life. Woon began selling artwork in Singapore and has now moved his gallery to a permanent space in Shanghai. LWH Gallery plans to debut and sell affordable works by artists from South- east Asia and continue the ethos of charitable giving, from the sales of the artwork, to educational projects in the region where the artist originates.
“Journey of Reflection” features a selection of artworks from Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam and presents each artist’s own on reflection on the journey of life. The works are heavily influences by the artist’ shared beliefs, thereby presenting monks and novices as common subject matter. One featured artist, Nguyen Minh Phuoc from Vietnam, had previously achieved much success, however, was still unhappy with his life so went to consult an abbot. The abbot lamented to him he was unfulfilled as he had yet to find Buddha. Although initially disappointed with the abbot’s words, Nguyen realized that this actually a wise teaching, as life is not only about attaining one’s own goal or reaching a single destination. It is about multiple journeys and destinations. This experience inspired him to create his signature style of monks walking away from the audience.
The themes of reflection on one’s own life and a more outward looking mantra, run strongly throughout the artworks. Is the journey of life purely about oneself, or is it bigger than just one person.