ABOUT THE ARTIST [ download CV ]
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 paintings (simulating photographic images taken with slow shutter speed) to the distinctive graphics of film negatives with its tonal inversions.
His most recent works which exudes a high level of self awareness and honesty, investigates questions of the body, beauty, narcissism, insecurity, self indulgence and self pleasure. He is also in the midst of making his debut short film in collaboration with Australian/ Singaporean filmmaker Selena Tan of Paco Pictures.
He has actively exhibited in Singapore and overseas including UK, Hong Kong, UAE, Australia, Malaysia, Phillipines and Indonesia. In addition, *he has also enjoyed recognition for his work receiving amongst others, the Jurors' Choice at the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards (2002) and Highly Commended accolade at the 2003 UOB Painting of the Year Competition. Chan was the first artist *to inaugurate the BMW Young Asian Artists series in collaboration with the Singapore Tyler Print Institute in 2007. His works are 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. Most recently, his work 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; the German art magazine Monopol rates it as one of the 100 most influential collections in the world. In 2013, he was very proud to have had his installation artwork showcased at ART13 London. Chan's works has also been auctioned by Christie's, Sotheby's and Larasati auction house.