The 20th Ngee Ann National Teochew Artists’ Exhibition 2018


Exhibition: 20-25 November 2018, 11am – 7pm daily


The Ngee Ann Kongsi Gallery 1 & 2 & Lim Hak Tai Gallery
 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts(NAFA) Campus 1
80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Venue Sponsor:  Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts(NAFA)


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Ngee Ann Artist of the Year 2018 — Tan Kay Nguan

TAN KAY NGUAN, a Singaporean artist of Chao’an, Teochew descent, is recognised both locally and internationally. 
He graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with Diploma of Fine Arts (specialized in Chinese Ink painting), and pursued his Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts in RMIT University in Australia and further completed his Master of Arts in University of Central England (UCE)  of Birmingham, United Kingdom. 
Tan has held 63 solo exhibitions and over a hundred  group exhibitions in Asia Pacific, South East Asia and Europe. Over the years, he has won many art prizes and awards in Singapore and overseas.

Trained in both Chinese and Western art, he fuses his Western painting styles with Chinese traditional brushwork, to capture the depth and moods of Chinese ink painting, creating splendid abstract paintings. His works often depict animals, birds and fish gliding in mystical surroundings, they illustrate his sensibilities, his love, passion and appreciation of nature. Through the interwoven and interaction of light, colour, rhythm and motion, Tan is able to captivate and transcend the beauty of ordinary subjects.

Tan is well known for his unique way of depicting cranes. The birds whirl in action in a carefully orchestrated dance, conveying energy and elegance under changing light, Tan’s “Dance of Millennium” series are imaginative and energetic.

He will be showcasing eight of his masterpieces in exhibition.

Selective Awards:
1994 – First Prize, CAAS 10th Anniversary Painting Competition, Singapore
1999 – The Grand Prize, The UOB Painting of The Year Award, The 18th UOB Painting of The Year Competition, Singapore
1999, 2006 –  First Prize, Dr Tan Tsze Chor Western Arts Award (Representational), Singapore
2005 – The Gold Prize, The 8th Beijing International Art Exposition 2005, China
2006 – Japan Osaka Educational Art Award, Japan
2007 – International Art Cultural Exchange Award, China
2011 – Top Influential artist, The 14th Beijing International Art Exposition 2011, China
2013 – Japan Osaka Governor Award, Japan
Selective Solo Exhibitions:
1994 – “Spirit of Our Land ” Art Exhibition, Singapore;
1996 – “Human Society” An Installation & Painting Art Exhibition, London, United Kingdom;
1999 – “Joyful • Painful” An Installation & Painting Art Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand.
2002 – “Nguan • Circle” Art Exhibition, Cite’ Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.
2012 – “Heaven • Earth 2” Art Exhibition,  Osaka, Japan;
2012 – “Heaven • Earth 4” Art Exhibition,  HangZhou, China;
2016 – “Dance of Millennium 16” Oil Painting Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China;
2018 – “Dance Of Millennium – Qingdao” Art Exhibition, , Qingdao , China;