Tan Teo Kwang

Singapore

Tan Teo Kwang was born in Singapore in 1941.

From 1962-67 he studied at the St Martin School of Art, London.

When Tan Teo Kwang paints in his studio, he allows his mind to be free of specifics.  His studio is quite and he is alone with his brushes, colours and paper.  Using his very large and round brush fully saturated with a colour, Teo Kwang approaches his canvas or paper spread out on the floor.  The colour in the brush is ‘thrown’ onto the painting surface and using the same brush he pushes the colour further giving more dimension but at the same time controlling the form.

He continues to add another shape and another colour – the shapes challenge and pull against each other forming a tension of touching and not touching.

The shapes do not represent any known object but sometimes they might remind one of driftwood, jade or structure, all being part of Teo Kwang’s environment and part of his subconscious.

Calligraphic strokes goes on last, Very carefully, he selects a space to place them, so as not to touch the host shapes.  Teo Kwang hopes that one day the calligraphic strokes will have new inspiration and meaning.

 

Year of the Horse #60
2014
acrylic on rice paper
129 x 68 cm w
Year of the Horse #61
2014
acrylic on rice paper
129 x 68 cm
Jiawu Series #46
2014
acrylic on canvas
130 x 99 cm w
Jiawu Series #5
Year of the Horse
2014
acrylic on canvas
130 x 78 cm w
Jiawu Series #47
2014
acrylic on canvas
130 x 99 cm w
Jiawu Series #45
2014
acrylic on canvas
130 x 99 cm w