Spotlight of the Month
Law & Art presents art made by lawyers from around the world, and turns the spotlight on one new lawyer artist each month. This September, discover the work of Mark Seah, senior partner at Dentons by day, and painter by night.
Mark is a Senior Partner in Dentons and co-heads its Singapore office’s Litigation Practice Group. Dispute resolution lawyer by day, and artist by night, Mark’s journey in law and art has almost always been intertwined.
“You are telling a story,” Mark says of the overlap between the two disciplines, “Whether by stoke of the pen or paintbrush, the true canvas is actually always your audience’s mind. But what I love about art, is that it then reaches deeper, and speaks to the soul. I think that’s why in art, I constantly find myself gravitating toward the abstract. Abstract art takes the viewer out of current realities, immersing her in the artist’s world. It dissolves norms and voices only pure emotion. Even when I blend realism with abstraction, it’s often because realism is recognisable, and can help convey a message in a language that we can all understand. The abstract though, is boundless and captures what I want to truly portray.”
Recounting where it all started, Mark has this to say:
“Art has always been a part of my life. I received formal art training in my teens but first found a calling in art well before that. I worked mainly with oils at a young age but nowadays also relish the vibrancy that acrylic paint offers. My love for Law also traces it roots to childhood. Becoming a lawyer has probably eclipsed my being an artist, but the passion for art has never left."
Mark hopes that those who view his artwork will hear the story that every piece tells, and enjoy listening as much as he has enjoyed telling it.