CHANNEL NEWS ASIA | Artist Fyerool Darma explores his roots

Channel News Asia, July 26, 2019

From Malay weddings to forgotten Singapore histories, artist Fyerool Darma explores his roots.


He once burned all his paintings to start anew. Now, artist Fyerool Darma taps into the past and present to create artworks that look at the complexities of Singapore’s histories and his own Malay heritage.


SINGAPORE: In 2013, Singaporean artist Fyerool Darma decided he wanted a clean slate in making art. So one night, he gathered all 12 paintings that he had made up to that point.

After which, the fine arts graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts burned all of them.

“It was spontaneous. I burned them in my old studio at Ubi Road 1 during the Hungry Ghost Festival month,” the 30-year-old recalled with a laugh.