- About the Author
In his 2016 exhibition with the National Library Board, Singapore (NLB), the paradoxical and sometimes controversial artist offers a gift to his detractors and supporters alike – an insight into his mind. Tan’s notebooks take center stage in the exhibition. The collection, never before seen by outsiders, illustrates his deliberations, quotes, discoveries, drawings, and sketches that preceded his artistic creations. The notebooks and creations unveil his openness and his way of accessing multiple realities.
Tan Swie Hian’s artistic creations have been characterised by freedom – in medium, subject matter, genre and expression. The artist likens his free mind to a hummingbird that can fly in all directions and experience different realms of reality. More than 40 years later, Tan’s works are presented at the National Library in this exhibition featuring over 100 creations in a wide range of media. This is the first time the multidisciplinary artist’s creative process, as documented in his notebooks through writings and sketches, has been featured with his artworks.
Page Count: 272
Year Published: 2016