A'shua Imran (b. 1986; based in Singapore + Barcelona, Spain) is a multidisciplinary artist who works predominately with painting, performance, photography & installationsHe began his studies at LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore) and received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Goldsmiths, UK) in 2014. He has participated in several group exhibitions locally and presented his works in The Netherlands, Thailand, Israel, Egypt & U.K. 

Currently, Imran is the artistic director of MURAL LINGO, a Singapore-registered social enterprise engaged in the arts, education and publishing. He founded the independent platform in 2014 with the primary focus on creating opportunities for artists to engage in and practice mural painting in their community. He regularly offers talks and workshops in educational & cultural institutions, and is currently traveling Europe and South Africa on an artist-in-residence program.

Portrait photography by : Lauren Knaffo, Tel Aviv, Israel 2015



Artist Statement

As an artist-director who regularly organises collaborative performances, I’m accustomed to recognising the potent qualities of a performer’s gaze, gestures, movements and non-verbal communication. In the past year, through my experiences collaborating with Japanese 'shibari' artists, I became aware of another important quality; ‘momentum’. Momentum plays an important role in creating the spontaneous meeting points of the ropes in the paintings. A curiosity to investigate the underlying elements of 'shibari' performances became the conceptual starting point of my current series of paintings.

At first sight, most viewers may not realise that the ropes on the paintings go through a long preparation process prior to being bound to the canvases. Professional 'shibari' artists follow the same long and tedious processes of rope treatment (boiling in hot water, drying, stretching, oiling & burning of loose hairs) before applying them on their model’s bodies. By applying the same level of care and cautiousness towards an inanimate object, I hope to allow a transmutative process to take place, where human passion and sensualism takes a material form through the paintings.

The emotions and figurative cues that the paintings evoke may differ between each individual, but through the use of the colour red in this series, I invite the viewers to experience the enigmatic and unseen aspects of human desires. Red, to me, represents the rootedness we feel towards our own body, emotions, desires and the connectivity towards our environment and others. The colour signifies the first chakra, an energetic centre located at the base of the spine, primarily associated with survival in the physical realms of existence.

I make these paintings with the hope of reminding the viewers and myself that the ‘object’ is not separate from our mind or body; it is a reflection of it. Through my artworks , I wish to share the interrelationship between the ‘object’ and the maker, between ourselves and the world. I hope you will hear the whispers of the ropes as well, while gazing at my paintings with a silent mind.


Curriculum vitae


2014 | Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore - Goldsmiths College, UK

Professional experiences:

2015 - 2017 | Founder & Director, MURAL LINGO, Singapore
2013 - 2014 | Braille transcriber & Illustrator, Association of the Visually Handicapped, Singapore

Selected exhibitions and performances: 

2017 | "Performance Art Resource Orchestrator", Intersections Gallery, Singapore

2017 | "Expressions of Hope", Group exhibition, Hotel Vagabond, Singapore

2016 | "Antenna Galaxy-UFO Project", Neon Lights Festival, Font Canning, Singapore

2016 | "Antithesis",  Affordable Art Fair, Singapore

2016 | "QI", Group Exhibition, Telok Kurau Gallery, Singapore

2016 | "DEBRIEF" Exhibition, Canvas Creative Space, Singapore

2016 | "Toride City Urban Development Through Walls", Toride, Japan

2015 | "There is no Box", Pinacotheque de Paris Museum , Singapore

2015 | "Passive Aggressive Bonds", Harbouring New Truth, Singapore

2015 | "Yellow Experiment", Canvas Creative Space, Singapore

2015 | "Easy come easy go", Latent Space Gallery, Haw Par Villa, Singapore

2015 | "CHEMISTRY", Affordable Art Fair, Singapore

2014 | "100th Feature exhibition", Affordable Art Fair, Singapore

2012| "Now! Serendipity", KERS Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011 | "Squares invasion 50 x 50" , INSTINC Gallery, Singapore

2011 | "Found Objects", Praxis Space, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore 

2011 | "A cartographic desire", Praxis Space, Lasalle College of the Arts, SG

2010 | "Photography Foundation show", Praxis Space, Lasalle College of the Arts

Awards & grants:

2017 | Overseas Sponsorship Programme, 'Art Residency at Johannesburg, South Africa', Yayasan Mendaki, Singapore

2017 | Noise x Matchbox Grant - National Arts Council, 'A Migrant Mural', NUS, Singapore 

2016 | Marketing and Development Grant, NAC, 'ANTITHESIS' Project at Affordable Art Fair, Singapore

2014 | Matchbox Project Grant, NAC, Performance workshop at School of the Deaf, Singapore

2010 | Mural of the Year Award, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

Artist talks, workshops & collaborations:

2017 | "Pre-residency Artist Talk - Johannesburg, South Africa", Hotel Vagabond, Singapore

2016 | "Live drawings of Yoga", The Sanctuary, Koh Phan Gan, Thailand

2016 | "CHRISTIAN DADA", Supporting Artist Hajimi Kinoko for Rope Art Installation, Orchard, Singapore

2016 | "Artist Talk + workshop  - Performance collaborations", Coleg Sir Gar School of the Art, Carmarthen, Wales, U.K.

2016 | "ALEXANDRIA", Performance collaboration, Rezodanse Studio, Alexandria, Egypt

2016 | "Jerusalem Hills",Performance collaboration Jerusalem, Israel

2015 | "Workshop on geometric automatism", Affordable Art Fair Autumn - Singapore, 

2015 | "Workshop on automatism drawing & painting", Pinocotheque de Paris Museum, Singapore

Curatorial experiences:

2017 | 'A Migrant Mural' Exhibition, Goodman Arts Center , Singapore

2015 | "Silent March Project", School for the Deaf, Singapore

Community Projects:

2015 | "Tapestry of life" community mosaic mural, studio Assistant - Delia Prvacki, at Marina South Pier MRT, Singapore

2014 | Yunnan Province Earthquake (Aug 2013) Honorary Consultant , Yunnan China,

2014 | Silent March Project, Performance workshops for School for the Deaf, Singapore

Selected bibliography & catalogues

2014 | Affordable Art Fair, 100th feature exhibition, fair catalogue pg 17, 2012 Serendipity Duo Show, KERS Gallery, Amsterdam
2011 | INSTINC, Square’s Invasion Exhibition catalogue, pg 3, In’Lakech (Painting), Singapore

email: Ashua.imran@gmail.com  |  phone: (+65) 900 567 09