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Reproduced with permission from:
Wetterling Teo Gallery


It is often said that minimalism is sometimes the best way to put across a complex theme in its most powerful capacity. This is truly indicative in all James Robertson's works, in which a single subject forms the sole depiction against a simple backdrop of blue skies and lush pastures.

The result of such lone portrayal in the midst of an expanse is that of a starkness that almost immediately captures the viewer's attention and feeds on a curiosity to scrutinize the bareness of the painting. Just as one attempts in futility to search for a resonance in the seemingly empty vastness, the artists cleverly draws the viewer's interest with the focal subject in the likes a dog behind a mailbox ('Ambush'), man and child ('Cloud Watchers'), or man with a broken-down vehicle ('Last Legs').

In 'The Review', the focal point lies in the bald man with sunglasses, totally engrossed in reading the newspaper, in the most unlikely places of all, an unobscured open space where nothing stands between the man and his good read; where the horizon represents the infinite boundaries of knowledge. Which makes the viewer wonder about the good read, the review as the painting is aptly titled. The nondescript appearance of the man doing something ordinary in the midst of the expanse accentuates the unambiguous reality of the painting, yet so intensely put across the harshness of the focus. If blue skies are the limits to which the artist aims to portray his brilliance, then the viewer's wonderment from the painting could well be unrestrained by the same limitless vastness.



Vol 34 No. 2, March 2005
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Use of Ligase Chain Reaction in Early Diagnosis of Tuberculous Meningitis
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Factors Associated with Decompression and Strabismus Surgery in Thyroid Eye Disease
ALG Looi, CD Luu, TY Wong, LL Seah, J Rootman

Use of Physical Restraints in Nursing Homes: Current Practice in Singapore
K Mamun, J Lim

The Relationship between Postoperative Complications and Outcomes after Hip Fracture Surgery
RA Merchant, KL Lui, NH Ismail, HP Wong, YY Sitoh

Incidence and Risk Factors of Retinopathy of Prematurity Among Very-low-birth-weight Infants in Singapore
VA Shah, CL Yeo, YLF Ling, LY Ho

Contemporary Results of Endopyelotomy for Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction
HG Sim, YH Tan, MYC Wong

Risk Perception is Affected by Modes of Risk Presentation Among Singaporeans
SB Tan, C Goh, J Thumboo, W Che, B Chowbay, YB Cheung

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A Walk Through the Management of Parkinson's Disease
E Lim

Multimodal Antiemetic Therapy and Emetic Risk Profiling
KY Ho, JW Chiu

Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering: A Review of Recent Advances in National University of Singapore
JHP Hui, HW Ouyang, DW Hutmacher, JCH Goh, EH Lee

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Tuberculosis Post-Liver Transplantation: A Rare but Complicated Disease
W Lu, CT Wai, M Da Costa, PA Tambyah, K Prabhakaran, KH Lee

Caesarean Scar Pregnancy: A Diagnosis to Consider Carefully in Patients with Risk Factors
G Tan, YS Chong, A Biswas