David Chan's Genetic Wonderland

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Opening reception: 29 Sep 2004, 7:30pm

At first sight, the subjects in his paintings are just cute animals that we see in children's animal books. Take a second look, have deeper thoughts, and the message they convey challenges the audience to rethink the food chain and what we have always taken for granted.

A young but prominent artist whose works have attracted a lot of attention recently, his trademark is his vivid backgrounds and finely detailed animals.

Considered one of Singapore's most promising young artists, Chan recently graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and has participated in numerous group exhibitions at Art Seasons Gallery. His "Animal" series of works have been sold out during the exhibitions and has a long waiting list, with patrons anticipating his new creations.

Chan's works are witty and challenge the audience to look deeper into issues such as genetic modification of food so as to meet the increasing demand of consumption. These are issues that have been long overlooked.

One of his other earlier series, titled "Schizophrenia", also challenges us to rethink what we perceive as "normal". "Normal" is an associated behaviour that has been passed down for generations. Dogs will always gnaw bones, cats will always chase mice, and mice will always eat cheese. We have never questioned the truth about these preconceived concepts and have always taken them for granted.

Chan is an animal lover; therefore the subjects in his works are often animals. Besides making them attractive with vivid colours, he also sprinkles wit and provokes us to think deeper with the underlying message behind each piece.

Art Seasons
The Box, 5 Gemmill Lane
Singapore 069261
Tel: 65 6221 1800
Website: http://www.artseasons.com.sg

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday, 11am - 8pm; Saturday, 12 - 7pm; closed on Sunday & Public holiday

Art Seasons promotes contemporary visual art with a focus on art from China and South East Asia. The gallery has an extensive collection of works by by artists from China – Pan Yue, Feng Zheng Jie, Gao Huijun, Zhong Biao, Luo Qing, Liu Wei , Yin Kun, Xiao Hong, Pan Yue; Singapore – David Chan and Justin Lee.



Title Sunday Art Trolley
Dates 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June 2004 & 4th July (Sundays)
Time 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue Earl Lu Gallery I & II
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Instructor David Chan
Panelists • For children aged between seven and 12 years old
• Admission and participation is free of charge
• Art materials provided

Sunday Art Trolley
The Sunday Art Trolley is a series of drawing sessions tailored for children between the ages of seven and 12. Children are encouraged to freely express themselves through drawings and paintings by responding to the Painting as Process exhibition by using a variety of art materials provided by Earl Lu Gallery. Participants will be guided by a trained art instructor and each session is three hours in duration. Admission and participation is free of charge.

M9 - Artists in Style
Venue : Art Seasons, Singapore
Date : 18 Feb 2005 to 12 Mar 2005
Details : Art Seasons
Opening Reception
23 February, Wednesday at 7.30pm


Art Seasons will be presenting M9, from 18 February to 12 March 2005, a group exhibition featuring nine young, promising and talented male artists, who will play an important role in shaping up our local art scene. This exhibition features some of the highly acclaimed young local male artists; many of them have been awarded the most prestigious art awards in Asia.

Probably one of the first group exhibitions in Singapore featuring all male artists, the exhibition aims to showcase the finesse artistry of each artist. Over the years following the rise of feminism, many exhibitions all over the world have been featuring women only group exhibition, very seldom an all male cast is featured. M9 will be a studded exhibition presenting some of the most prominent male artists in today's local art scene.

M9 will present artists such as David Chan, Francis Ng, Ong Jenn Long, Justin Lee Chee Kong, Miguel Chew, Max Kong, Terence Lin, Steve Chua Chee Hui and Alvin Leow. Each of these artists presents a uniquely distinct style of work that has made them so prominent in the local art scene.

M9 will be a multidisciplinary exhibition, featuring artworks ranging from paintings, photography and ceramics. Although the exhibition encompasses different styles and medium, it presents the artists' unwavering passion and commitment and contributions to shaping up the local art scene.

Amongst this strong cast of artists in this exhibition, most of them had recently won some major art awards in Asia. Francis Ng, renowned young local artist who represented Singapore at several international biennales and winner of multi-awards at major art competition. David Chan and Max Kong are winners at the recent UOB Painting of the Year 2004 awards. Ong Jenn Long has also received a highly commended award at the same competition. Terence Lin was a winner the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards 2004. Justin Lee Chee Kong was also acclaimed at the 2003 UOB Painting of the Year Award for Highly Recommended Award.

A Divine Comedy
An Art Exhibition By David Chan
Arts Season Gallery
24 Nov - 31 Dec '05

News 23rd Nov : Tomorrow, a talented young artist, Mr. David Chan, opens his art exhibition at the Art Seasons Gallery. A Divine Comedy will be a major exhibition for David, featuring paintings and an installation. David’s signature style is the use of strong bright colours and adorable animals as his main theme.

A Divine Comedy
An Art Exhibition By David Chan
Arts Season Gallery
The Box
No. 5 Gemmill Lane (off Club Street)
24 November to 31 December 2005

Highly regarded for his talents and the wittiness that is displayed through his works, A Divine Comedy will be a major exhibition for David, featuring paintings and an installation. David’s signature style is the use of strong bright colours and adorable animals as his main theme. Besides attracting the audience with the aesthetically lovable animals, there lies a strong message behind each work that is usually topics either much or less discussed in our daily lives and prevalent in our society.

In his previous exhibition titled “Genetic Wonderland” held at Art Seasons in 2004, the theme of the works were along the lines of DNA alterations and the outbreak of health issues such as SARS, Mad cow disease, the bird flu virus and so on. David’s works are well loved and collected by audience who admires his wittiness and talents.

In this forthcoming exhibition, David pursues not only a new series of oil paintings but also an installation. His new series of works explores the co-existence of science and traditions, these two topics that are fundamentals of life are juxtaposed on his canvases. This series follows the cynical nature of his works closely, questioning the very basic of tradition, science and issues that surround us; however serious this may sound, his works are still aesthetically adorable as he uses animals to relay these messages.

This exhibition aims to promote David Chan as one of Singapore’s talents as well as to inspire the younger artists’ dedication to elevate the local art scene. David continually inspires young artists with his success and impresses his audience with his works. Winner of the 23rd UOB Painting of the Year – Representational Medium Category (2004), David has participated in numerous successful exhibitions.

Here are some of the details of the paintings :

1.All Dogs Go To Heaven (series), 2005, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 60 cm (4 sets)
2.Aitter Goes To Heaven, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm
3.Seibo Goes To Heaven, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm
4.Aiber Goes To Heaven, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm
5.Terriod Goes To Heaven, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm
6.Walking The Dog, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 147 x 107 cm
7.A Match Made in Heaven, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 110 x 110 cm
8. Flying Pigs Are Still Bacon, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 199 x 159 cm

Presently, David Chan’s studio is located at the Artist Village, Sentosa and he is a full-time Artist represented by Arts Season Gallery or visit his website at www.silentstudio.com for more information.