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Terence Tan

Terence Tan

Born: 1970

Hometown: Singapore

Based in: Singapore

TERENCE uses photography to create intense personal moments by deviating from widely accepted rules or norms, enticing the viewer into his surrealistic picture-scapes. Exploring new ways to ‘read the city’, he draws the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium, juxtaposing old with new urban structures, streetscapes and human activities. Eaton

Nothing in his artworks keeps still, always in a state of flux, mirroring the interconnected, ever changing surroundings that we experience everyday, hence establishes a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined. Emphasising on aesthetics, he focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on the idea that beauty exists everywhere, if you just take a moment, you can enjoy the space that we all conveniently overlook in our hectic daily lives.

The results are reconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. His works urges us to renegotiate photography as being part of a reactive medium or merely an instrument of recording. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is created to conjure the realms of our imagination which is always in a state of flux.

Born in Singapore in 1970, he graduated from Singapore Poytechnic with a Diploma in Electronics Engineering in 1990. A self-taught photographer, he got his first taste of digital photography with a camera he received from a Christmas gift exchange in 2002. He has been a professional photographer since 2007.

Private Collection:
Terence's artworks adorns luxury hotels like Capitol Kempinski Singapore's "The Lobby Lounge" and corporate offices like Singaporean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industries boardroom, Take-Two Interactive Singapore and Eaton Vance Asset Management International (Asia) Pte Ltd.


11 works for sale

Chinatown I

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 1,120

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City Canvas by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 885

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Red Black & Gold by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 1,760

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Club Street by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 1,035

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NATIONAL GALLERY I by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 885

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Ann Siang by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 885

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City Sea Port I by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 885

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Kandarhar Street by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 885

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Banda Spring by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 885

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South Bridge Circular by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 885

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Boat Quay I by Terence Tan

Terence Tan, Singapore

Limited Edition Prints

$ 885

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More About Terence Tan

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What inspires you?

Adventure. Trying out new ways or methods of doing things in breaking from conventions. In this case, venturing into a realm with an instrument (camera) where most people think is not quite possible or rather difficult.

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Describe your creative process.

Walking the ground and learning the localities would generate creative sparks and flashes of possible final images. Thereafter, capturing the source images that could possibly form that image. The final step would be to work the captured images digitally to produce the final outcome. Often, surprises happens as I work on the layers of images resulting in an outcome that is quite different from first conceived.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Colourful, Abstract, Detailed

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

picasso, monet, andy warhol, rothko

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

camera

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

If it brings you joy in creating the artworks, just keep learning, improving and enjoying it. The rewards will follow.

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Where do you go for inspiration?

visit art galleries, street roaming, talking to artists.


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Credentials

Education

Singapore Polytechnic

Singapore, 1999

Exhibitions

Reflection by Maya Galleries

2021

Abstraction at Gallery at The Well

2021

Sambal Goreng group exhibition

2019

ArtGeminiPrize 2019 finalist exhibition

2019

Solo Exhibition (XY Hotel Invitation)

2018

Solo Exhibition (German Centre, Singapore)

2017

UNSUNG solo Exhibition

2016

Singapore Our Garden of Eden

2015

Education

Singapore Polytechnic

Singapore, 1999

Exhibitions

Reflection by Maya Galleries

2021

Abstraction at Gallery at The Well

2021

Sambal Goreng group exhibition

2019

ArtGeminiPrize 2019 finalist exhibition

2019

Solo Exhibition (XY Hotel Invitation)

2018

Solo Exhibition (German Centre, Singapore)

2017

UNSUNG solo Exhibition

2016

Singapore Our Garden of Eden

2015

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