LIMPEH Show: A Solo Exhibition Featuring the Work of Sam Lo/ SKL0

“Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.” – Lee Kuan Yew

Can you really know someone through the stories that are told of him?

Sparked by the mixed emotions expressed by Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans about the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Sam Lo/SKL0 was inspired to create a body of work to reflect on the gamut of anecdotes and sentiments that arose after his death. Through these reflections, the artist explores the underlying currents of Singapore’s sociopolitical climate.

Examining the intrigue that surrounds the myth of “The Man”, Sam Lo/SKL0 delves past general, preconceived notions of Mr Lee. In creating works that investigate into the notions which stem from Mr Lee’s public and political activities, Sam Lo/SKL0 unravels the layered and complex nature of public perceptions.

Spanning the last three years of Mr Lee’s life, this exhibition is a tribute to his legacy, a form of remembrance of his life, and serves as a documentation of the public’s perception of him. For Sam Lo/SKL0, The LIMPEH Show acts as a closure, as the final chapter to the ‘Sticker Lady’ saga, and signaling a new beginning for the artist.

LIMPEH – #1 in the series
Acrylic on canvas

The authoritarian, the founding father, the Man.
*LIMPEH (lim-peh): Of the Hokkien dialect, directly translates to “your father” and a colloquial way of saying “yours truly” as if to assert one’s authority.

POWER – #2 in the series (Edition 2)
2015 (original: 2012)
Mixed media collage and acrylic on canvas

He ruled with an iron fist, he fought for a vision. The plan had to work. Gather votes, retain power, keep power, hold on to power. You may critic all you want, but know that you do not control it.

MONEY - #3 in the series (Edition 2)
2015 (original: 2012)
Mixed media collage and acrylic on canvas

“Pay and pay some more”, they say. Together with the increase in standards of living came rising living costs. As the struggle to stay afloat becomes a daily affair, we lament at the increase in the price of fishball noodles and high salaries.

SURVEILLANCE - #4 in the series
Mixed media collage, glow in the dark paint and acrylic on canvas

The walls and their ears, the sky with their eyes; the sidewalks fill themselves with calculated moves and side glances. Self-inflicted, possibly, this circulatory system of self-regulation, working just like clockwork.

PROGRESS - #5 in the series
Mixed media collage and spray paint on canvas

Taking over public spaces and remaking them into something that you’d deem beautiful- looks like we are not that different, more than you’d like to feel. So I tag your name in spray paint on my work, like how I tagged mine on yours. For we are both striving for a better city, and there’s much to do still.

INFLUENCE – #6 in the series
Spray paint on mirror

Whether we like it or not, we have become products of this utopia/ dystopia, the long arms of the system have found their way to us and manifests itself in us- our behaviour is a reaction to the system. We dissociate ourselves from behaviour we do not condone, but yet we are one.

THE VANDAL - #7 in the series
Spray paint on glass

Write your name on everything you see, for your presence exists in every building, every shopping mall, every park bench, every mrt station, every traffic light junction, the spaces we live in and the people who inhabit these streets.

GOODBYE - #8 in the series
Dyed and painted eggshells on wood

It was not until the end of an era that we started to relate to and see beyond the idea of the Man. It was like seeing an old friend; we knew his loved ones, our hearts warmed up to stories told. We remembered, googled and learnt what he did, we wondered how we would fare after he left. It was a time we remembered he was human.

ONWARD - #9 in the series, the finale
2015 – running
Silkscreened t-shirts

Now I turn the mirror back unto you to recognise the things that you can do. The rest is up to you.




6th August 2015, Thursday
Opening reception at 7:30PM
The Substation Gallery
(45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936)

7-22 August 2015
Gallery is open from 12NN till 8PM
The Substation Gallery
(45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936)

Many thanks to the Substation for this wonderful, out of this world opportunity to share my work through this first solo exhibition. Shout out to Edrington for the alcohol sponsorship and mini bar (Famous Grouse Whiskey, Snow Leopard Vodka, Brugal Rum) for making the night extra special for guests who came to the opening. Mad love for my hustler girls for manning my merch booth and to all my friends both old and new, I’m grateful for you guys. We may not meet as often but you coming to see the show is truly heartwarming, it was like plenty of reunions in one.

Last but not least, I’d really like to thank all of you who came to my first solo show, bought my work, continued the story in your own ways as well as said goodbye with me. For those who’ve been following my journey since day 1 from fiddling with design to those who supported me throughout the “sticker lady” days, thank you for believing in me guys. I’m sorry if I never got to chat long with you that day, please know I’m grateful you came and I got to share a part of my life with you.

With this solo I say goodbye to the past and move on to new adventures.

Love and light x

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‘Sweet Dreams are Made of These’: Installation Showcase- Georgetown Festival 2014

The Takeover: Sweet Dreams are Made of These
Mixed media installation/ vertical diorama in the Singapore House at Georgetown Festival 2014, Penang, Malaysia

Commenting on progression, many similarities were drawn between Singapore and Penang as Penang marches towards a new beginning. Many ideas were shared, many aspects of living conditions shifted. This shift points itself to a whole host of ideas and implementations as we move forward for the takeover.


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“The Uprising” & “Ewoking Dead”: STGCC 2014

‘The Uprising’ – Colour sample
Original custom sculpt on resin Stormtrooper with polymer clay; pictured is a hand-painted resin cast of the original sculpt

Was invited to customise a Stormtrooper helmet for production with FLABSLAB. Launching at this year’s STGCC 2014.

‘The Uprising’ will be released in a very limited quantity, a collaborative project produced by FLABSLAB and sculpted by yours truly. ‘The Uprising’ is a continuation of ‘Rebel!‘ and inspired by the power of the people over authority. This version sees Chief Chirpa leading the next wave, wearing the Stormtrooper helmet as a trophy.

‘The Ewoking Dead’
Custom on ‘The Uprising’
Limited to 5 pieces, exclusive by PBK for STGCC

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“Your Father Throne”

“Your Father Throne” is the (almost) ultimate chair for the lazy man. Fitted with necessities so you’ll never have to leave your seat– unless it’s to the bathroom; ‘Your Father Throne’ comes with a universal remote, cotton buds, vaseline, tissue paper, a handy holder for your drinks and chips- all within reach. The chair also comes with a bell which you can ring for service as well as a comfortable cushion for lonely nights. Who said losing friends and weight gain can be a bad thing when your best buddy is there for you every night?

My take on the OSIM uDiva as part of Art Outreach‘s charity cause, Art of Shopping.

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Incubation + Thank You

After a crazy year of trials and tribulations, plenty of work opportunities and less for well-rested breaks and sleep, I realised that I haven’t had the time to really focus on perfecting my craft in a proper period of artistic incubation, let alone update this blog as much as I should. The learning journey is never ending and should never be taken for granted, so rather than let the posting frequency slip I’ll be taking a break from this blog for a bit to fully concentrate on my work and more importantly, my learning process.

If you’d like to stay in touch, you can head over to my instagram feed and facebook page for new explorations and adventures I’ll be embarking on this brand new journey in 2014. This new year it’s all about going back to my roots, rediscovery, and the good old DIY-or-Die ethos. But for now, I need a nice long break.

Much love.




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"Georgetown, I love you but.." : Penang 2013

Was in Penang over the weekend to visit my paternal grandmother as well as reconnect to the place I was once familiar with. A lot has changed in Georgetown over the past few years, yet nothing has changed in most parts of Penang.

It doesn”t take long to notice the number of tourist friendly attractions, the number of tourists, the numerous cafes and hipster joints popping up all over Georgetown- it is slowly changing to become the art attraction that it is striving to be. Though looking to be a positive change in terms of tourism, economy, awareness and exposure of street art, increase in jobs created etc.Jeu de casino en ligne “The Flash Velocity”, une machine à sous proposée inspirée du personnage de Flash Gordon, un super-héros également connu en France sous le nom de “Guy l’Eclair” et qui a fait son apparition dans le très connu DC Comics., a general feeling of loss was also felt. As I walked down Chew Jetty (a heritage area, a little way down and similar to Armenian Street), it wasn”t hard to notice that people lived here on the water; it was a personal space. Even though some residents set up shop and benefited from the tourists walking through their homes, there were signs on some homes which said “No Photography”. Other shops around the nooks and crannies of Georgetown had signs saying “No Tourists When Work is in Operation”. It is also interesting to note the number of murals in Georgetown especially Armenian Street, which are mostly commissioned. Non-commissioned pieces were swiftly removed by authorities (my tag was removed in 2 days) in the heritage/ tourist-y places while others stayed.

Though there was plenty of street art around and I should be happy, I couldn”t help but feel conflicted. Is this another facade, and what is this change that is about to come, and to what extent will it affect the residents?


“Georgetown, I love you but.”
Series of street interventions

This series was created as a reaction to these spaces, commenting on the state of street art and its relation to public and government perception. The medium used were store-bought signs typically found at neighbourhood shops promoting a sale or a product.


But of course, I had fun too. Thank you Penang.

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'Peer Pressure' at The KingBrown Show

“Peer Pressure”

Intense erasing on brown paper 

Was invited by the kind people of KingBrown and Kult to be a part of this group show alongside casino jameshallison amazing friends and artists. Thanks Sheryo and Yok!

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The LIMPEH Series: Influence

The LIMPEH Series #6: ‘Influence’
Spray paint on mirror

Dimensions 0.8m x 1.2m 

Whether we like it or not, we have become products of this utopia/ dystopia, the long arms of the system have found their way to us and manifests itself in us- our behaviour is a reaction to the system. We dissociate ourselves from behaviour we do not condone, but yet we are one.

Commissioned for a private collector.

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SKL0 x Mighty Jaxx: 'Cultured' Collectible and Prints at STGCC 2013

It was an awesome first time experience at this year”s STGCC, thank you Mighty Jaxx for believing in my vision and for you guys who came down to support the pre-order!

My debut at STGCC saw the launch of the “Cultured” series of toys and limited prints translated from an earlier artwork/ series of paintings I did based on the concept of culture and what is perceived of it. Themes of consumerism run synonymous throughout this series, which have contributed heavily to the entire concept- from the use of different mediums like resin toys, prints and canvas to mass online casino reviews production. With some wordplay involved, the vessel takes form of a popular cultured milk drink, a product that rings a familiar bell to many.

The prints are sold out, but you can get your hands on the Cultured resin collectibles now at Mighty Jaxx, even if you”re all the way across the universe and homesick. We got your back.

You can also check out the reviews of the “Cultured” resin collectibles at TOYSREVIL (thanks Andy!) as well as some live silkscreening action with the assistance of the talented Ratking (in love and stalking her work, check out her IG it”s nuts) that went down that day to make the extremely limited prints you see above.

But most importantly, to all of you who came to support either physically, through social media or in spirit , thank you for making this year”s STGCC awesome for me.

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