24 Nov 2020

Through the Looking Glass by Kenneth Lee

Our brand new Through the Looking Glass Collection by Kenneth Lee features a fish-eyed view of Singapore’s iconic futuristic, almost sci-fi-like landmarks of Changi Airport, Jewel, Super Trees and Garden by the Bay.


A young talented artist from Very Special Arts Singapore (VSA Singapore)'s artist-in-training programme, Kenneth specialises in incredibly intricate linework which translates beautifully on our lacquer products. For this collection, we have used a new method of finishing to highlight the intricacies of his artwork. Laser engraving is firstly done on the prepared lacquer wood, and each product is finished with hand-painting – creating a tactile, pleasurable experience when one handles it. In a fetching contrast of reflective black lacquer and shiny gold paint, we immortalised these icons of our home in the most the extraordinary year of 2020, from a unique point of view.


From the young age of 5, Kenneth has taken an interest in drawing and sketching different objects. Today, he is a young and innovative budding artist with autism and who shows a great passion for art, where he is able to express his creativity. Often found drawing away on a piece of paper whenever and wherever Kenneth creates breathtakingly detailed monochrome sketches that showcase his mastery of perspective and spatial design. Each of his works is a skillful combination of scenes that occur in real life and his imagination. Through the Looking Glass is his first artwork featuring a fish-eyed view and by far his favourite.

Kenneth takes great joy in seeing his artworks displayed and seen by the public. His most cherished ambition is to become a full-fledged artist, an aspiration that is also supported by his parents. Today, he is one step closer to achieving his dream ­­– as a testament to his talent and hard work, Kenneth has proudly earned a Top-Up Certificate in Visual Arts conferred by NAFA Centre for Lifelong Education, thanks to a programme offered to selected artists-in-training of VSA Singapore.


"We are very happy to partner with VSA Singapore once again and to be able to contribute in a small way.  When I first met Kenneth back in February this year, I was mesmerised by his unique perspective of the world around him.  I hope that people will see his immense talent and enjoy the merchandise that are created with him", said Qua founder, Ho Meng Yee.

View the full collection at this link.

View the video about Kenneth and the collection at this link.