Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

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Musical, daydreaming & bubble wraps, this month we look at Chan Shiuan’s illustrations – Artist of the Month

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

I graduated from Temasek Design school in 2008, majoring in Illustration and Graphic design. I love films, musicals, walking alone, daydreaming, bubble wraps, and pretending that I would eventually read all the books and magazines I would buy. I collect toys, books, post cards and coasters from restaurants from my travels, amongst many other things!

2. How did art get into your life? What kind of artist are you?

I recall drawing portraits of my favorite celebrities back when I was in Primary School, and giving them to my caretaker in my childcare centre. Later in my teens, I went through a difficult patch in school and fared poorly academically. The only interest I have was in Art and literature classes which I muddled through too. Later, I finally scored in one particular art class assignment and it actually encouraged me to pay more attention to my work in school. I felt more self motivated and eventually scored well in art classes, winning a few school competitions… I was exposed to more artists like Dali and Daniel Merriam etc who confirmed my interest in art.. I never quite left this passion since and graduated from secondary school at the top of my school for Art that year. It was kind of my saving point in a way, and it gave me the self confidence to fare better in school and in life. I travel a lot now for work, and I look out for galleries, shows and exhibitions to go to during my time in that country because it always feel like home abroad when I am there.

I’m very fickle and want to have a go at everything. Sculpting, oil painting, printmaking, letter press, film making, photography etc.. Many things captures my interest but I’ve always dreamed of being an artist who can express my ideas and visuals through the works of my hands and I guess that although finding the best medium is vital, I’ve always preferred painting. I am inclined to paint digitally since poly days, but am wishing to pick up my traditional skills again.

3 .Who or what is your inspiration? 

Other than the popular muses like music, travel sights, films and daily happenings, I get inspired mostly by looking at the copious works of all the artists I adore. The best part is that there is a whole pool of them out there to fish from!

Here’s a short list off the top of my head: Daniel Merriam, James Jean, Thomas Ott, Lostfish Elodie, Audrey Kawasaki, Ryan Andrews, Peter De Seve, Jon Foster, Neil Gaiman, Guillermo Del Toro, Tim Burton, Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, Mark Ryden, Thienbao, Charlie Bowater, Loish, Ryan Mauskopf, Bobby Chiu, Kei Acedera, Joe Matt, Leong Wan Kok, Sonny Liew, Tan Eng Huat and many, many more. I am recently putting Bobby Chiu’s ‘The Perfect Bait’ audiobook on loop and find it extremely motivating and inspirational.

4. How do you see your place in the arts and what are your main aims and hopes for yourself as an artist in the arts scene?

Blindly ambitious as it may be, I wish to be able to delve into the developing art scene here in Singapore and hopefully one day be good enough to earn a self-sustainable living here by merely feeding my passion in art alone. I think that’s a very common dream among us.

In my ideal world built on sandcastles in the air, I would be able to churn out work day after day, immersing myself in it, knowing that ultimately the result or the painting I am working on will look exactly like how I pictured it in my head. Then I would be able to not just tell, but show the ideas that I have.

5. Has this influenced your art or your goals in life in any way?

It has definitely influenced my goals and lifestyle. I am now working on improving my skills and techniques in drawing and ultimately when I am able to, I would love to devote more time to working on the artistry of painting and discover what other aspects of art I can venture into.

About scyablog

Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: Like us on Facebook! Thank you!

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This entry was posted on July 12, 2012 by in Featured Artists, Interviews.

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