Born in 1979. A Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art, First Class Honours) graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Singaporean David Chan, 39, is a full-time artist who held his first solo exhibition – Genetic Wonderland - in 2004 at age 25, to much critical and public acclaim. In that year, he was also the winner of the 23rd UOB Painting of the Year – Representational Medium Category Award.
Showcasing his mastery of classical fine painting and sculpting techniques matched with a thoughtful palette juxtaposing warm and cold colours, each art work highlights David's uncanny talent for conveying depth by creating layers and textures. Working with oil on linen, David paints in a realistic style and often uses subjects such as animals, humans and hybrids. At first glance, the works seem comical and bewildering, but upon closer observation, the initial impression gives way to the artist's reality and his take on social issues such as popular culture and ethical dilemmas, as well as human behaviour in our current times.
Nevertheless, while David's works are a cynical social commentary, they are hardly confrontational or aggressive in their messages and one gets a sense that his cynicism is peppered with plenty of irony and humour, much like life itself. In more recent exhibitions, he has further expanded his artistic vocabulary by including sculptures. These life-like 3-dimensional works further explore his concepts and ideas, creating an even closer bridge between the viewer and the artwork.
David has had 5 solo exhibitions in Singapore and 2 overseas. He has also exhibited in a number of countries including China, America, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, and Malaysia, and in 2011 his work was selected for the 54th Venice Biennale at the Fondazione Claudio Buziol. The same work traveled to the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam in the Netherlands the following year.
In addition to painting and sculpting, David also lectures at the National Institute of Education and School of Art Design & Media at the National Technological University, as well as part-time lecturing at LASALLE College of the Arts.
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