Alvin's Art Show

Alvin Tan presents A Mini Retrospective
Alvin Tan, a San Francisco-based Malaysian artist is holding a solo art exhibition entitled, A Mini Retrospective, from March 15 to April 5, 2015, at Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Walk.  This is his first solo show in Johor Baru that features a showcase of paintings that represent his artistic journey from the past to the present day.

Tan, a 1976 graduate of the Kuala Lumpur College of Arts, furthered his art education with the Accademia di Belle Arte Roma in Rome.  His exposure to the art world abroad and its potential in Malaysia encouraged him to relocate his entire family from Alor Setar to live in Johor Baru in 1982.  As his parents and siblings settled down in JB, Tan would commute to work in Singapore with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts where he lectured in Western Art History and the Aesthetics of Art and Psychology of Art.  In 1989 he continued his education with the California College of the Arts, Oakland in USA.

A section of Tan's 2013 art installation,
Connect Disconnect  
Since 1978, Tan has participated in art exhibitions held in Portugal, Italy, Singapore and the USA where he presented solo, partner and group exhibits.  He was among the pioneers of the Singapore Artists Village who joined founder, Tang Da Wu, in the art colony in the late 1980s to exchange ideas and encourage artists in new experiences and experiments.  While he continued his art studies with the Academy of Art University in San Francisco between 1991 and 1993, this prolific artist presented a number of solo exhibitions in San Francisco and Singapore.  In 1995 he was commissioned to create a wall mural in the Parrot Paradise of the Jurong Bird Park.

Tan is no stranger to Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Walk as he had the opportunity to create, Connect Disconnect an art installation that occupied a 15-meter length of the street in December 2013.  Recently, he completed an art installation entitled, Shelter in the Sky for property developer, Kim Lun Land, for their sales showroom.  Art52Gallery is located at 52, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Baru.  For enquiries, Tel: 016 – 788 2420.


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