Championing Art – particularly Asian Art, and especially South-East Asian Art – through:
- Events, functions, and exhibitions – design, organization and management
- Developing a community of key players in art – artists, collectors, academics, gallery owners and managers
- Education about art and artists – seminars, workshops and demonstrations, presentations and organized visits
- Bringing together key technical services in art – buying and selling, investment, collection management, cataloguing, exhibition mounting and display, restoration and conservation
- Making art accessible to all levels and interests of local and international communities
- Promoting the work of budding artists and connecting artists with collectors
Daniel KomalaFounder and Non-Executive Chairman
The name One East Asia was coined by Daniel Komala, founder and non-executive Chairman, who strongly believes that Asia needs to see itself as one unified region rather than a conglomeration of countries. He is an advocate of Asian and Southeast Asian art, which he feels is under-represented by other international art institutions.
Graduated from University College London, majoring in statistics, computer science and economics, his introduction to the arts started in early childhood, as his father was an avid collector of Indonesian modern paintings in his younger days. Daniel himself started collecting in 1993.
Daniel was appointed as one of the appraisers for artworks in the collection of the Palace of the Republic of Indonesia in 2004. He is currently a committee member of the Sudjojono Centre, which was set up to commemorate Sudjojono’s (widely regarded as the founding father of Indonesia's modern contemporary paintings alongside Affandi and Hendra Gunawan) works. He was also the only auctioneer in Asia invited to speak at the prestigious ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit on the art trade and cultural exchange in Asia in 2009.
Daniel is listed as one of the visiting lecturers at LaSalle College of the Arts, Asian Art Histories.
Veronica HoweActing Managing Director/Chief Consultant
Having been in the art industry for more than 18 years, Veronica has extensive experience in the art scene encompassing: a six-year run managing an established fine art gallery that was conferred The Best Gallery for Local Art at the Singapore Concierge Choice Awards ’99 organised by WHERE Singapore and Visa Gold, having held key positions in local art societies, being on the committees behind Singapore Art Galleries’ Association and the now-defunct ARTSingapore, collaborating with the Singapore Tourism Board and National Art Council to establish Singapore’s first premium art fair in Southeast Asia and regularly contributing to the Hong Kong quarterly Artgazine with her column Art n Investment.
Since the inception of One East Asia in 2010, she has spearheaded the gallery’s programmes. She has also helped the organisation to foster professional relationships with different partners, institutions and companies, particularly in London, to further One East Asia’s vision of promoting the appreciation of Southeast Asian art internationally.
She graduated with Honours from California University, USA where she majored in Art with a Minor in Business.
Viv LawesSenior Consultant, London
Viv Lawes is a senior lecturer at the City & Guilds of London Art School, where she teaches the History of Decorative Style c. 1400-1950 and the History of Modern Art in the West.
She is a visiting lecturer at Sotheby's Institute, where she teaches on the Art Business and East Asian Art MA programmes and the Asian Art semester course. She also lectures on Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art at the Institut d'Etudes Supérieures des Arts (IESA), London. In July 2014 she became an accredited lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), which has regional associations in the UK, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand with a membership of over 80,000 people.
For the last 13 years Viv has also worked as an arts journalist, writing for many publications, including The Art Newspaper, Art + Auction, Country Life, The Guardian and the ATG. She is the author of a forthcoming book, Horse: A History of Equine Bronze Sculpture, published by the Sladmore Gallery, London.
Viv also sits on the Marketing board of the Ben Uri Museum, London, as Art Market advisor. She is one of the judges in the Art Gemini Prize 2014, an international art competition that will be showcased at the inaugural Singapore Art Fair in November 2014.
She studied for her BA in History/ History of Art at York University, followed by MA in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute, London (Distinction). She is working part-time towards a PhD at the University of East Anglia on the teaching practices and institutional developments in post-war British art school education, for which she is affiliated with the Tate Gallery’s research department.
Insights:Investments, Advisory and Conservation
- Driving sustainable demand for Asian art work by providing an expert overview of the Asian art market
- Steering long term investment attitudes towards art
‘The purchase of art is the buying of a generation ahead of the market’
- Educating collectors on art ownership – from purchase to maintenance and conservation of artwork
- Being the starting point for individuals and organisations to embark on the journey of art collecting with personalised art consultation services
Connections:Strategic Partnerships, Building on Larasati Auctioneers’ expertise
- Tapping on the wealth of experience, connections and expertise that Larasati Auctioneers has built up over the years
- Potential partnerships with public and private sector to promote artists and Asian art in general
- Collaborating with educational institutions to promote knowledge of Asian art among the young people
Expertise:Education and Events Management
- Nurturing a thriving arts community
- Equipping art lovers with a better understanding and appreciation of Asian art through workshops and seminars
- Providing artists with platforms for their art – empowering artists to create and grow the market for their artworks
- Simplifying the intricate world of art and aiming to make art understood by all
- Creating a network for budding art enthusiasts, educators and collectors to share and access information on Asian art
- And as such, building a legacy – a heritage for Asian art that lasts for future generations