How I respond to what I see
Hock Tee Tan
Seated nude (red) h 600mm x w760mm – From ‘Gravity’ series
There is a precision, discipline and control inherent within the oils and drawings of Tan. But in his watercolours, Tan encourages the spontaneity which comes from the response of paint to the natural force of gravity.
The result is that the structure and contours of the human body take on a greater definition and a new relationship is borne. The drama of the colours creates a level of abstraction which redefines the figure and brings out the emotions it evokes.
Every painting in the ‘Gravity’ series is individual. The unpredictability of the vertical falls gives a freshness to the image and adds a new dimension to his work.
“The way the paint flows is never the same twice. – so every painting becomes a discovery. There is greater definition of the body as a result of the vertical lines which are suspended from the outline. The colours become vibrant and bring the painting to life”.
Tan’s first solo exhibition will be
– 23rd September GALLERY 54
Telephone 0207 7312928. email email@example.com
b. 1952 Bintulu, Sarawak, East Malaysia
1970-73 Fine Art, Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore
1976-79 Graphic Design, West Surrey College of Art and Design, England
79-01 Art director – advertising and graphic design
01-06 Heatherly’s School of Fine Art
2007 Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2007 Royal Society of British Artists