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Neat Work: A Meeting of Fine Art & Fine Spirits: 24th and 25th March 2023


We’ve seen whisky being paired with chocolates and charcuterie boards. This month, get ready for a fun pairing session where fine spirits meet fine art.

Local design agency, Whisky and Foxtrot, would be hosting the inaugural edition of Neat Work – a fine art and fine spirits exhibition!

The exclusive experience combines the world of art with the enticing universe of fine whisky and rum. Experience the creative genius of three big Singaporean artists - Fiona Koh, Tay Bak Chiang, and Warren Khong – alongside the masterful craftsmanship of whiskies and rums bottled by two of our favourite Singaporean independent bottlers, M&E Drinks (M&E) and Malt, Grain & Cane (MGC).

Six captivating artworks will be harmoniously paired with six whiskies and rums, each spirit meticulously handpicked to create a memorable curated experience.

Why "Neat Work," asks you. Well, it's a clever twist on the term 'neat,' which means to enjoy spirits undiluted, and 'work,' which refers to the stunning artworks themselves. Neat Work is where art and spirit aficionados collide for a breath-taking experience unlike any other. Two sessions will be held, each designed to be an intimate affair, catering to 10 guests. Guests will be personally introduced to each of the six artworks and their accompanying fine spirits, given the opportunity to savour each masterpieces while indulging in a specially paired whisky or rum.

This extraordinary event will even feature brand-new, never-before-seen pieces, making their debut in public for the first time!


Meet the artists:

Fiona Koh is a trailblazing artist who brilliantly utilizes text, image, and object to delve into the intricate power structures and ambiguities of language within the framework of semiotics and psychoanalysis. As a co-founder of Singapore's renowned art collective, Vertical Submarine, her engaging room installations urge viewers to critically examine social issues beneath the surface.


Previous work by Koh: Chasing Deers, Part of the Tua Kang Medicinal Hall series (2018), Mixed media


Tay Bak Chiang is a multiple-award-winning painter is celebrated for his minimalist paintings of boulders and geological forms. Drawing from Chinese literati painting, Taoist philosophy, and nature, his works such as "Azure Dragon" exude poetry and evoke deep emotions, masterfully blending traditional values with a contemporary sensibility.


(Source: Chew Seng Kim)


Previous work by Tay:《远古》A Faraway Time (2019) Pigment and acrylic on canvas.


Finally, there’s none other than Warren Khong, painter and conceptual artist extraordinaire.

Previous work by Khong: #062 (2014) Acrylic on aluminium plate


Besides his work in conceptual art, Warren has been a leading force in designing artwork for renowned fine spirit bottlings since 2010. With admirers like the legendary Luca Gargano of Velier SpA, his collaboration with Velier birthed the iconic "Drop by Drop Warren Khong Collection," a 6-bottle series of rums commemorating Velier's 70th anniversary. 

(Source: Rum Auctioneer)


Works from the above artists would be paired with the drinks below.


From MGC:

Belize Rum 2006 (Travellers Liquors Ltd), 14 Years, 65.6%
A collaboration between Malt, Grain & Cane with La Maison and Velier for their Rum of the World range. To get specific, it is 14 years old, of which 9 years was tropical aging, and another 5 years and 7 months was continental ageing, upon which it was bottled. Read our review of this bottle here. 


Clarendon 2010, Jamaican Rum, 11 years, 67.2%
Part of Malt, Grain & Cane's Year 2 collection, and is entitled "Youth", sporting a clean, minimalist green label by Fiona Koh. This particular Jamaican expression was tropically aged for 8 years, followed by another 3.5 years of continental aging before being bottled. Read our review of this bottle here.


Kavalan Taiwanese Whisky, Port Cask, 8 Years, 61.00%. 
Distilled in February 2014 and bottled in October 2022. 100% matured in a Port Casks.


From M&E:

Long Pond 16 YO Jamaican Rum, Arcaydia Studio Label No. 1.
Vale Royal Wedderburn (VRW) mark, bottled by Valinch & Mallet for M&E Drinks. Read our review of this this bottle here. 


GlenBurgie 11YO Whiskyhobo Label No. 3. 
Single-cask Glenburgie aged in a first-fill bourbon hogshead, then finished in a first-fill sherry hogshead, for a total of over 11 years.


Secret Islay 10YO Fazzino Label No. 1
Psst! This is an undeclared Caol Ila was distilled in 2008 and bottled 2020, aged at least 10 years in a refill bourbon cask.


Don't miss this exciting opportunity to explore the biggest pieces from the Singapore arts scene along with some of the best Singaporean independent bottlers!

Two separate exhibit sessions would be held on 24th and 25th March, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm SGT at 29A Seah Street Singapore 188385. Secure your tickets here and immerse yourself in this union of creativity and craftsmanship!



88 Bamboo Editorial Team