Biography: Born in Malaysia, currently based in Singapore, Sokkuan works as an illustrator after she left her position as art director at Ogilvy & Mather (an multi-national advertising agency) in 2005 and her illustrations have been used by global brands like Coca-Cola, Heineken, Kao, Listerine, Levi’s, Motorola, Pantene, and Pepsi.
As an artist, Sokkuan is known for her playful alter egos. Her “Sadako’s Unfashionable Fashion Diary – Not Really About Fashion” is a series of quirky illustrations and photographs that reimagine Sadako from The Ring. These works are gathered in a self-published art book that has travelled the world. Another of her creations is Sophie Black, who was started when Sokkuan was working in advertising. Raven-haired, porcelain-skinned Sophie Black has won Sokkuan an Absolut Vodka design award and has appeared on a limited edition hand-mirror.
2015 – Solo exhibition 'Sadako' at K Plus Gallery; 2014 – Self publish “Sadako’s Unfashionable Fashion Diary - Not Really About Fashion” and took part in Tokyo Art Book Fair and Singapore Art Book Fair; 2012 – “100 Friends, 100 Artists, 100 Dreams”, group exhibition; “VCIOUS/EARTH/RAIN” tights design collaboration with Tokone Japan
2012 – “Open House Occupy”, group exhibition; 2011 – “Idolism” (Handstitch series), group exhibition hosted by A Curious Teepee; 2011 – “Neo Folk” (Handstitch series), group exhibition at Cutlog Contemporary Art Fair, Paris.
Sophie Black series:
2010 – “Absolut Sophie”, a limited edition collectible hand-mirror designed for Absolut Vodka; 2009 – “Think”, group exhibition hosted by Steelcase, Inc.; “Hypercolour”, group exhibition hosted by Loft & Public; “Doing things differently leads to something exceptional” hosted by Absolut Vodka; Selected as the winner of ABSOLUT design competition which was part of the Singapore Design Festival.
Clients: Canon, Coca Cola, DBS Bank, DHL, Esplanade, GE Money, Heineken, Her World Magazine, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, IDA Singapore, ION, Kao, Lasalle College of The Arts, Listerine, Levi's, Lonely Planet, M1, Metro, Mitsubishi, Motorola, National Council Against Drug Abuse, Nike, Nokia, Pantene, Pepsi, Pond's, Prudential, Raffles City, Royal Caribbean International, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Navy, Singapore Tourism Board, Sony Ericsson, Steelcase, TANGS, Tiger Beer, UOB Bank, Whisper, and Yahoo!