Eric Chan (born 28 March 1975 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is one of Southeast Asia's notable contemporary painters. He is currently based in Singapore. A Masters of Fine Art (Painting) graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia and Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, Chan has carved out a reputation for reinvigorating interest in painting as a resonant contemporary media. His paintings are shaped by photographic and camera effects and aesthetics – from the blurring or smearing of the paintings (simulating photographic images taken with slow shutter speed) to the distinctive graphics of film negatives with its tonal inversions. His interest in film and photography in its relation to painting is quite evident in his body of works which expresses a certain cinematic sensibility, not just with his narrative and poetic subject matter but in the aesthetic treatments of the physical artwork itself.
He has had many solo exhibitions internationally including in countries like UK, Hong Kong, UAE, Australia, Malaysia, Phillipines, Indonesia and Italy. In addition to this, , he has also enjoyed recognition for his work receiving amongst others, theJurors' Choice at the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards (2002) and Highly Commended accolade at the 2003 UOB Painting of the Year Competition under the photography section. Chan was also the first artist to inaugurate the BMW Young Asian Artists series in collaboration with the Singapore Tyler Print Institute in 2007. His works ore collected by the Singapore Art Museum and in corporate and public collections such as the CapitaLand Collection, UOB Art Collection, UBS Art Collection, OCBC Art Collection and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, to name just a few.
In 2011, his installation work, “Bondages of Desire” from his solo exhibition “WANTED” was also acquired by The Burger Collection. The Burger Collection is listed as one of the "Top 200 Collections” by the highly respected art magazine Art in America and the Germon art magazine Monopol also rates it as one of the 100 most influential collections in the world. In 2013, he was also very proud to have had his installation artwork showcased at ART13 in London. Chan's works has also been auctioned by Christie's, Sotheby's and Larasati auction house.
After two decades of very active and prolific commitment to his art practice exhibiting extensively, he took a 2 year sabbatical traveling across Europe while maintaining a based in London. The opportunity to immerse himself fully within very diverse environments both creatively and culturally allowed him to investigate extensively into personal and professional subjects that were of particular interest to him. This period of self reflection and exploration proofed very pivotal towards the development of a new direction in his artworks and practice.
Upon his return to Singapore having gained a stronger sense of self awareness of his personal self and a more evolved understanding of his artistic pursuits, Chan went on to develop numerous creative projects not just isolated to painting and drawing disciplines but projects that also extended across different medias and practices from film and photography and from installations to sculptural works. In his extensive commitment to years of creative pursuits, Chan has always had a strong interest in the traditions of craft, conservation and archival as well as the study of materials that negotiates the conceptual notions of history, space, memory and preservation.
His most current works are a series of drawings in relation to his interest in material study while exploring how changes in the presentation and framing of the works challenges the viewers perception of visual association and memory. This November will also see him present a solo exhibition of a series of large paintings entitled, “Overture” (a working title). He is extremely pleased to be in such an inspired and prolific place in his practice at the moment while he continues to developing a few other projects he is looking forward to present in the near future.