About the artworkFor his new series P.O.P (Portraits of Pattern), Singaporean artist Andre Tan has taken inspiration from the works of pioneer pop artist Roy Lichtenstein to his own canvas. Lichtenstein was well-known for his outsized renditions of comic-book panels, in the process magnifying aspects of their graphic composition such as the flat application of strong contrasting colours, a heavy black outline contouring simplified shapes and the use of Ben-Day dots or parallel lines to create shading and secondary colours.In a breakthrough series of paintings, Andre experiments with different methods of creating images using patterns as the focus of his studies for the series. Reinterpreting the very meaning of portraits, the artist incorporates a variety of simple and complex found patterns into silhouettes of iconic cartoon characters borrowed from popular culture. The placement of the collaged patterns is meticulously arranged in juxtaposed irregular segments to balance the flow of “rhythm” within the image itself. The subject is transformed into something familiar yet mesmerizingly abstract. One might ask if the artist had intended a patterned portrait, or a portrait of patterns.
Andre Tanâ€™s work is often viewed in relation to the sensibilities of Pop Art and of reproduced images from pop culture, in the commercial style of advertising and mass communication. His artworks explore popular icons and cultural motifs under a bright colour palette. While his deliberation upon Pop Artâ€™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.
Andre Tan obtained his Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore in 2000. He furthered his studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with Honours 1st Class in 2004. Continuing at the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, he obtained his Master of Arts in Fine Arts in 2006. He is the recipient of the Judgeâ€™s Choice for the UTGP08-Kenichiro Mogi Prize (2008, Japan), Studentship Scheme (2005) and also the Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship (1999) at the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore. His artworks are collected by private collectors in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Italy, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Australia, USA and the UK.