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Tan Seow Wei

"Not unlike the fortune teller who interprets one's fate by reading lines of the palm or the detective who deciphers the identity of a person through the lines of the finger print, I see the body as a fascinating network of lines and marks, not just as mere outlines but also contours, creases and folds."

Biography

  • Born in 1979, Singapore

  • Bachelor degree in Arts & Social Sciences in National University of Singapore in 2001

  • Recipient of the Tan Tsze Chor Art Award (Distinction) in 2003

  • Awarded the Georgette Chen Scholarship in 2005, 2006

  • Recipient of the Winston Oh Travel Award in LASALLE College of the Arts in 2007

  • Bachelor of Art (Hons.) in Painting in LASALLE College of the Arts in 2008

  • Recipient of the Siaw-Tao Outstanding Art Award in 2014

Group Exhibition

2018 BON á TIRER: Original Prints by Chen Shitong, April Ng, Tan Seow Wei & Zhang Fuming, AC43 Gallery, Singapore

         48th Anniversary Exhibition, Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving Calligraphy & Painting Society, Singapore

        《我们做版画》, Grassroots Book Room, Singapore

         Beckoning of the Breeze, Visual Arts Centre, Singapore

         Dark Moments Naked Dog, Artsembly, Singapore       

 The Diasporic Brush – Modern Singaporean Art, Wolfson College (University of Cambridge), England

         Spring Edition I, Artsembly, Singapore

2017 Clay/Print, Artsembly, Singapore

         Singapore-Japan Chinese Ink Painting Exchange Exhibition, Visual Arts Centre, Singapore

         Impressions, Oriental Art and Cultural Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

16-17 Ini mini mini mo, Visual Arts Centre, Singapore

13-17 Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving Calligraphy & Painting Society Annual Exhibition, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre,       

Singapore

2015 Run. Ran. Run. Instinc Gallery, Singapore

2011 inFORMATION, Substation Gallery, Singapore

2010 1xSuitcase’, Meta House, Cambodia

         1xSuitcase’, Xi’an Textile City Art District Exhibition Center, China

2009 1xSuitcase’, Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

          1xSuitcase’, Chiang Mai University Art Centre, Thailand

          Eniminiminimos, Esplanade Jendela, Singapore

          Air Conditioned Recession: A Singapore Survey, VWFA, Singapore

          Intrinsic, Esplanade Jendela, Singapore 

          1x Suitcase, Alliance Francaise, Singapore

2008 Website Launch of Singapore Contemporary Artists, Sculpture Square, Singapore                          

          Go Figure, Fost Gallery, Singapore   

          LASALLE Degree Show 08, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

          At One @ Project Space, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

2007 Travelogue Practice, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore    

          Because it’s Happy Chaos, Esplanade Tunnel, Singapore 

          Fibre & Form, Eagle’s Dream Contemporary Works, Singapore

          In Transitu: asmuchforyouasitisforus, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

          Out-of-Print @ Project Space, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

2006 First Lady on the Moon, La Libreria, Singapore

2005 Shower @ Hideout, Singapore

          Groundwork V--Balik Kampung, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

02-03 Dr. Tan Tsze Chor Art Award Exhibition, Singapore  

The human body in particular is an object of intense study for Tan Seow Wei. Not unlike the fortune teller who interprets one’s fate by reading lines of the palm or the detective who deciphers the identity of a person through the lines of the finger print, the artist sees the body as a fascinating network of lines and marks, not just as mere outlines but also contours, creases and folds. Though often curvaceous, the line quality of a human body presents itself in ways much more than that; strong or frail, thick or thin, continuous or broken. More importantly, whatever the lines are, they provide alternatives to reading the human body and also subtle hints to understanding the person.