Super Kung Fu by Andre Tan

If you’re in Singapore this month, check out Pop! go the "SUPERSTARS" the icons of local pop artist Andre Tan from the 20th to the 30th of January 2011 at the Utterly Art Exhibition Space…

Like a funnel, Singaporean artist Andre Tan acts as a filter to channel multiple disparate images from all that he sees around him into singular visions upon canvas. Cartoon superheroes, advertising copy and real-life photographs are distilled into attention-grabbing tableaux of the bold and the beautiful, that ultimately find their way into posh homes and condominiums where they function as eye-catching retablos for the worship of mass consumption and popular culture.

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The irony is not lost on the artist, but his purpose is not so much critique as creative composition: he appropriates images randomly and reinterpretes them using his own colours and aesthetics. There are no meanings beyond what the audience wants to read into his paintings. Reality meets fiction as Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston battle before a backdrop of Superman and the Hulk; East meets West as Chinese communist workers parade under American comic typefaces; and the audience meets the Master, as Andy Warhol is presented in all his striking graphic essence. Welcome to Andre’s world of his pop SUPERSTARS.

Andre Tan obtained his Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore (2000), his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with 1st Class Honors from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (2004) and returned to LASALLE for his Master of Arts in Fine Arts (2006). Andre is the recipient of the Judge’s Choice for UTGP08-Kenichiro Mogi Prize (2008, Japan), Studentship Scheme (2005) in LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, and also the Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship (1999).

His artworks are often viewed in relation to the sensibilities of Pop Art, of reproduced images found from pop culture, and in the commercial style of advertising and mass communication .While his deliberation upon Pop Art’s obsession with the everyday and its critique of popular culture is seen in his selection of content for his work, his focus is less the concerns of commercialism per se as its effects and the reflective process engendered. His artworks are collected by private collectors in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, and have been auctioned in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Utterly Art is very pleased that local pop artist Andre Tan has chose them as the venue for his pop tribute to the heroes of cartoons, comics and celebrity circles. SUPERSTARS showcases exclusively at Utterly Art Exhibition Space, 229A South Bridge Road (2nd Level), Singapore 058778 from Thursday 20th JAN to Sunday 30th JAN 2011, and admission is free. Do call ahead, they are usually open from Monday-Saturday till 8pm and Sunday: 12noon – 5.30pm. Contact Keng Hock for a special viewing if you like, at +65 6226 2605 or +65 94872006 or through utterlyart@pacific.net.sg.

Check out the works online at www.utterlyart.com.sg and you’ll see why the opening reception on the 20th was awesome and shows Utterly Art’s commitment to continue to advocate buying Singaporean! This is their first-ever collaboration with Andre Tan and his cheery and energetic superheroes, so stop on by and check it out… you know that Bruce Lee Super Kung Fu piece would look great about your sofa!