in-DEFINITE DEFIANCE is a new series of oil paintings featuring cropped, monochromatic landscapes set within earth-toned backgrounds and edged with an ethereal glow. In this series, the focus is singular – mountains, oceans, clouds – indicating a withdrawal into the rhythm of nature. The subject matter and controlled execution suggest a sense of peaceful resolve while the abrupt cropping and gleaming edges keep the viewers gaze from drifting too far from centre, creating a tension that compels the viewer to find a balance. Of the works, Chan says, “My works are so often personally and emotionally driven, the challenge for me here was to take a step back and focus on the composition using very specific imagery, and push myself outside of my comfort zone while maintaining honesty in my work.”
For Chan, an artist who’s known for packing his canvases with suggestive imagery and rich colours, blank space and imperfect images are a departure. Using unusual image crops and neutral fields of colour as tools, Chan focuses on the structure and the texture of each work. The usual intensity Chan brings to his work is present but more deeply woven into the process of painting itself. In defiance of his natural instinct for heavily loaded compositions, these works relay a sense of ease and subtle tensions. By approaching the paintings from in-DEFINITE DEFIANCE in this manner, Chan instills balance into his practice.
Exhibition Dates: 22 April – 8 May 2016
Opening Night: Friday, April 22 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Open House: Saturday, April 23 2016, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Other viewings by appointment. Call +65 6338 6192
Venue: SHOPHOUSE 5, 5 Lorong 24A Geylang Singapore 398529
When: 22 Apr - 8 May 2016,