Dominic Thian (b. 1996 – ) is a young Singapore artist who specialises in still life, portrait and landscape paintings. Combining classic figurative techniques with a modern sensibility, he creates realistic and intricate depictions of scenes and objects that move the viewer with a profound, timeless beauty.
Dominic was drawn to the arts since young and had spent much of his spare time drawing and cultivating his interest in the discipline. In 2018, after majoring for a year in Architecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dominic decided to follow his passion for painting and make the bold decision to cease his studies at the university. He subsequently travelled to the United States to enrol at the Grand Central Atelier (GCA), New York. There he studied under internationally-acclaimed artist Colleen Barry and other distinguished contemporary New York City artists, and underwent an intensive curriculum of drawing and painting the figure from life. He also spent his time between classes visiting the rich and vast collections of New England museums, studying and learning from the numerous Old Master paintings held outside of Asia.
After completing his training at the renowned American art institution in 2020, Dominic returned to Singapore and began to anchor himself at the forefront of Singapore’s figure drawing scene. Apart from painting full-time, he is active as an art teacher and has organised workshops and community-driven figure and portrait drawing sessions.
Born and raised close to the East Coast of Singapore, Dominic often draws inspiration from the unique picturesqueness of Singapore’s reclaimed coasts and neighbourhoods. His paintings are centrally motivated by the pursuit of a genuine artistic reaction to the beauty surrounding him and that which is also found within.
2019-20 Grand Central Atelier, New York City, Painting Year
2018-19 Grand Central Atelier, New York City, Drawing Year
2017-18 National University of Singapore, School of Architecture
2019 GCA Scholarship for Excellence in Structural Drawing
2018-19 Recipient of the David S. Boger Patron Scholarship Fund
2021 Dominic Thian: An Introduction, AC43 Gallery, Singapore
2019 In Situ: Up & Coming Artists from the GCA, United States