Extra•Ordinary Creations 2021 & 2022

When Genine first started her Art Therapy sessions at Extra•Ordinary People, she was just drawing markings resembled “H” and “9” using a red marker. She further progressed to explore making different marks with red marker pens in different ways. She wrote her name and experimented with different strokes, line length, movement, grip and shapes.  It was about the 8th session that her strokes became bolder.

Principal Art Psychotherapist Lama suggested we can move to massive size canvases with bold thick paint. It was then, she told me “Your daughter will have her own exhibition” Her comments came to me as a surprise and inspiration for new hope. I was skeptical at the start, yet was confident that if I provided the space for her to be herself, this may take her in a different direction. “Possibilities open up to us in life only if we are able to see them”, these were the words of encouragement by Lama that allowed me to see beyond the horizon…

Click here to read her full story.

Explorations in Nature

Explorations in Nature provides a glimpse into Genine’s inner thoughts and feelings as a developing artist, where her signature artistic style takes on more grounded, earthy tones and colours. Embark on a journey where Genine invites viewers to traverse through rocky mountains, hear the roar of crashing waves, witness the delicate pastel hues of a gentle sunrise and get inspired by the wonders of Mother Nature. 

Location: Level 3 of Velocity@Novena Square, #03-09/10, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683

Featured Works by Genine Tham

For any purchasing enquiries, please email contact@extraordinarypeople.sg. 

200 cm (H) x 57 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2020

Deliberation

It was a very intentional painting done by the artist. She started by using a roller, and slowly moved on to using her hands, to paint the background colours. After which she switched to paint some ice cream sticks and laid them on top of the background. She deliberately removed the ice cream sticks and continued painting the rest with her feet, even by crawling on it. It was an unforgettable session to see her in a flow to complete the painting so enthusiastically. Her creative process has wonderfully evolved.

242 cm (H) x 54 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2020

Gold

Although the colour gold was chosen as an afterthought by the artist, it brought this piece together and became the highlight of the work. She used the tips of her index fingers to create points of details, and gradually transitioned to using her palms; this resulted in a dynamic flow present in the painting.

She was fully aware and engaged during the whole process, and was very clear in deciding to use a brush for the blue, and her fingers for the gold. She remained happy, smiling throughout painting.

80 cm (H) x 1200 cm (W)

acrylic on canvas

2021

Lush

This was the artist’s first time using an easel, and painting while standing. Exploring colours from the Australian landscape, she used large movements to paint, resulting in an exceptional vibrancy, regenerative power and momentum.

60 cm (H) x 60 cm (W)

acrylic on canvas

2021

Pulse

These three pieces celebrate rhythms of life through space. In this session, the artist explored movement through the canvases, using her fingers to create extraordinary textures. The rotation of the canvases and mixing of the colours created a visual tempo, providing a pathway for the viewers’ eyes to follow.

60 cm (H) x 242 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2020

Spring

Spring is a season of warmth, recovery, and rejuvenation.


These traits perfectly describe the mood of the artist while she created this piece. Although she was very playful, she had a strong intent in creating something new and beautiful. In this mood, this piece came into being from her choice of colours, her finger and feet tapping movements, playing spray of colours, and use of squeegee board in unique ways to create this lively masterpiece.

 

60 cm (H) x 235 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2021

Emergence

This is the first time the artist completed a piece with observers at the side. Although hesitant at first, she quickly warmed up and got absorbed exploring the textures of the paint on her fingers, even using her feet to paint. Can you spot the dolphin connecting the two halves of the painting together?

60 cm (H) x 235 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2021

Play

This piece took four sessions to complete. The artist painted alone with drumbeats in the background, verbalising her choice of colours, and whether she wanted to use a brush or her hands to paint. She smiled cheekily and swayed her body while using her fingertips to tap paint onto the board. Other than using the brush tip and fingers, she alternated between using her wrists and back hand to paint.

It’s her unique movements that define her style and form new patterns.

60 cm (H) x 235 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2021

Intertwined

The artist completed this painting alone with relaxing Zen music in the background.

She slowly painted section by section, working from the centre, then to the side and the rest of the Acrylic on Plywood board. She used a purplish pink as the first colour before adding turquoise, tapping patterns with her fingers before swiping paint over the rest of the background. She laid ice-cream sticks on top for a finishing touch. The resulting colours intertwine with each other distinctively yet blend into one soothing pastel-coloured painting.

60 cm (H) x 235 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2021

Lockdown

Lockdown was the painting created after the Circuit Breaker period. After the intense isolated period, you can witness the artist’s shift from a vibrant space to a more grounded and dry landscape. Ground-lines are evident as indications of mountains, trees and other natural features.

60 cm (H) x 235 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2021

Rainbow

The artist worked on a blue background, choosing yellow as her first colour, followed by red. She injected white and other colours to create pink hues, and painted by swiping both hands across the board, demonstrating her enjoyment from painting on a large surface

60 cm (H) x 235 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2021

Wave

The artist used a rocking movement to create this landscape, depicting waves crashing over rocks.

60 cm (H) x 242 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2020

Space

Space symbolizes the freedom and the magnitude of works created by the artist. The process of its birth was a celebration fueled by music, rhythm and fun! As space continues to expand, so does the artist’s capabilities with newer opportunities over the horizon.

50 cm (H) x 60 cm (W)

acrylic on plywood

2020

Dark

An exploration with fluorescent colours where the artist chose new colours to express herself. She started exploring vibrant colours with confidence and later realised that mixing them would create a deeper colour, overlapping the original.

Shaping Hearts 2021

Shaping Hearts 2021 is a movement to celebrate the diverse artistic talents of our community. The hybrid event consisting of art exhibition, live performances and virtual charity art sale, brings together inspiring stories of hope told through the arts. Held from 13 Nov to 26 Nov 2021 at Our Tampines Hub, Festive Walk, the exhibition featured over 120 art pieces by differently abled artists, including 8 pieces done by Genine Tham.

Watch the mother-and-daughter feature of Genine and Joysline here.

We are proud to share that Genine’s piece, “Light” was chosen out of the hundred art pieces to be on the live auction, ending with a whopping bid of $30,000! All her other 7 featured artworks also found new homes through this festival.

Featured Works by Genine Tham

42cm (H) x 29.7cm (W)
acrylic on stretched canvas

Dreamy (Sold)

Genine chose luminous colours for this set of paintings. She started with bright green, followed by orange, working her way through the rest of the paintings. For the third painting, she chose pastel colours which are more calming and soothing to the eye. After the paintings, she used a roller and sponge to add various effects. Can you spot koi swimming in the green pond? What do you see from the orange painting?

42cm (H) x 29.7cm (W)
acrylic on stretched canvas

Duality (Sold)

“Duality” by Genine inspires us to look at the bright side of things when life gets rough. She chose dark colours to express the love she has for painting, while creating an intriguing pattern with other colours. Her expression of thoughts gets bolder as she works towards the rest of the canvas.

40.5cm x 30.5cm
acrylic on plywood
completed in 2021

Earth (Sold)

This is a painting where Genine utilised green, white and grey to create a mysterious landscape. She integrated the use of ice scream sticks into creating the texture, working independently to portray the depth and the integration of the layers involved.

40cm x 30cmx 1.5cm
acrylic on canvas
completed in 2021

Happiness (Sold)

The ancient Chinese associated the colour with harvests, happiness, wealth and celebrations. No wonder tangerines and oranges are the primary food symbols of the Chinese New Year. Genine entered in with a cheerful mood. She chose red, orange and yellow as though she knew they were the colours of the season. Her process was very confident.

Once the majority of the canvas was covered, she began removing the pieces while leaving behind traces of exciting textures. She further went on to add dribbles of red and yellow as highlights after uncovering all the pieces.

60cm (H) x 20cm (W)
acrylic on stretched canvas

Inspiration (Sold)

Genine’s smaller size panoramas integrate fluorescent colours. Her second canvas is more still and serene, featuring quieter colours. The texture of the paint mirrors the softness of the feathers and the movement in the painting is similar to the spread of peacock tail feathers.

63cm x 60cm
acrylic on plywood

Light (Sold)

The source of magnificence, Genine worked on this piece with luminous fluorescent colours exposing boldness and continuity of creating textures contrasting Dark, a place of solitude and equanimity.

60cm x 242cm
acrylic on plywood
completed in 2020

Ocean Deep (Sold)

Ocean Deep is an Extra•Ordinary painting that was created in approaching the wooden board in different orientations. It was first leaned against a wall, and then moved to the floor. This allowed for her body to move freely in space, there were instances where the artist stamped layers of colours with her hands, feet, and knees. She expanded her range of movements and used her entire body to work in different angles. The choice of colours was hers and she used her fingers to tap tiny “fishes” into being in the vast green background. The final images resulted in schools of fishes swimming upstream throughout the board. A magical sight indeed!

61cm x 45cm
acrylic on plywood

Reflection (Sold)

This was the last piece Genine painted for year 2020!

There were so much to reflect upon for the entire year. The Pandemic may have sparked an unprecedented crisis among us, nevertheless, we have emerged stronger.

Just like her painting, the process is getting bolder, more independent, conscious, and deliberate. The many colours portrayed all kinds of challenges intertwined in our lives, but with each distinctive colour, has created an Extra•Ordinary piece of work.

Potpourri: A Young Woman's Inner Voice

In our latest collaboration with Grids Coffee, Potpourri: A Young Woman’s Inner Voice will feature works by Genine Tham in her first ever solo exhibition as an artist from 16 July to 30 September 2021 at the cosy cafe located in Chinatown.

Each art piece reveals Genine’s journey through an artistic process which began with repeated red markings on a large sheet of paper, evolving into stunning panoramas over time, reflecting her incredible journey of growth and development.

Featured Works by Genine Tham

For any purchasing enquiries, please email contact@extraordinarypeople.sg. 

242cm x 60cm
acrylic on plywood
completed in 2020

Spring

Spring is a season of warmth, recovery, and rejuvenation.

The traits perfectly describe the mood of the artist while she created this piece. Although she was very playful, she had a strong intent of creating something new and beautiful.

In this mood, Spring came into being from her choice of colours, her fingers and feet tapping movements, playful spray of colors, and use of squeegee board in unique ways to create this lively masterpiece.

242cm x 60cm
acrylic on plywood
completed in 2020

Space

Space is the final element of the series. It symbolises the freedom and the magnitude of works created by the artist. The process of its birth was a celebration fueled by music, rhythm and fun!

As space continues to expand, so does the artist’s capabilities with newer opportunities in the horizon.

60cm x 242cm acrylic on plywood completed in 2019

Peace (Sold)

The first piece painted by the artist on a hard-wooden board.

The painting was made on an easel. The artist enjoyed the capacity of this new surface to carry layers of paint, she worked slowly and noticed all the textures on the surface of the board.

She was playful, humming, swaying, smiling as she walked from side-to-side. The first two layers were painted with hands and the white flowers bloomed by blotching a paintbrush. As one pays attention to the details of this beautiful final image, there is a sense of “serenity” and calmness to the soul.

50cm x 70cm
acrylic on canvas
completed in 2021

The Flow (Sold)

This was Genine’s first canvas painting with her hands. She explored the new sensation of working on the canvas cloth which is much graniner and softer compared to the usual plywood.

Genine was highly communicative, naming colors and being specific where to place them. She firmly said no to colours suggested and made her choice during the process.

NEW YEAR | NEW NORMAL Exhibition

In partnership with Jan Larsen Art & JLA Studios, the 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗬𝗘𝗔𝗥 | 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗡𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗔𝗟 exhibition was held at Robertson House and PARKROYAL on Beach Road from 12 Feb – 7 Mar 2021. The exhibition unveiled a new set of Jan Larsen’s Synchrony Series paintings and exhibited selected works from Extra•Ordinary People’s Art Therapy client, Genine Tham.

A beneficiary under our Art Therapy Programme, Genine Tham creates glimpses of her inner world through her artwork, motivated solely by self-discovery, inquisitiveness, and play.

Featured Works by Genine Tham

242cm x 60cm
acrylic on plywood
completed in 2020

Gold

This piece presents the first element, Gold.

Although the golden colour was chosen as an afterthought by the artist, it brought this piece together and became the highlight of the work. She used the tips of her index fingers to create points of details and gradually transitioned to her palms resulting in a dynamic flow in the painting. She was fully aware and engaged during the whole process, and was very clear whether to use a brush for blue colour and gold colour with her fingers. She remained happy and smiling during painting.

57cm x 200cm
acrylic on plywood
completed in 2020

Deliberation

Deliberation was a very intentional painting by the artist. She started by using a roller and slowly moves on using her hands to paint the background colours. After which she switched to paint some ice cream sticks and laid them on top of the background. She deliberately removed the ice cream sticks and continued painting the rest with her feets and even crawled on it. It was an unforgettable session to see her in a flow to complete the painting so enthusiastically. Her creative process has wonderfully evolved.

60cm x 211.5cm
acrylic on plywood
completed in 2020

Choice (Sold)

Choice is an empowering piece that landmarks the artist’s voice. While being provided with colours, she exclaimed, “I want to choose!” for the very first time.

This moment is embedded in the movement and energy of this painting. The artist started painting this piece with the tip of her toes, gradually moving on to the balls of her feet, then to her heels, and finally, using both feet.

She was very focused and attentive during the complete process; it was truly a unique exploration! She was very aware of her choices and clear about the methods that she used to paint. If you look closely, you will see many hand and feet prints throughout the board. Can you spot them?

40cm x 30cm
acrylic on canvas
completed in 2020

Emerging (Sold)

She initated to paint with both feet. She started using ice cream sticks and explored different types of patterns with it. She also used the canvas keys to stamp different combination of colors. At the end of the process, she verbally said the painting finished and covered up the sides of the canvas. Thereafter, she looked at her work with a sense of ownership and accomplishment.

40cm x 30cm
acrylic on canvas
completed in 2021

The Mystical Forest (Sold)

It is eye-opening to see how Genine integrated her favourite hobby into this painting. She used blank puzzle pieces along with the ice cream sticks during her art making process.

She began by manipulating the canvas keys to make marks. This was followed by layering the ice cream and puzzle pieces mindfully and verbalising change in colour in periods.. Soon after she removed all the pieces and moved to stamping yellow with the puzzle. Can you find the pathway into this mystical forest?