One of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary painters, Eric Chan has reinvigorated interest in painting as an important contemporary media. Over the course of twenty years, the artist has explored the different facets of oil painting; and although he began as an abstract painter, Chan established himself as a skilled practitioner in hyper-realistic compositions of flora, fauna, as well as figurative painting.
His signature floral paintings are composed of subtle strokes and layered veils of colour, breathing in a distinct radiance to the work; as though it is viewed through a diffused lens. His paintings are shaped by photographic and camera effects – from the smearing of his paintings to simulate photographs taken with slow shutter speed, to using the graphics of film negatives with tonal inversions. Often with precision and deliberation, Chan’s oil on canvas or linen works displays his finesse in hyperrealism.
Since graduating in 2000, he has held exhibitions in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines. In 2002, he was awarded the Juror’s Choice at the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards; and the Highly Commended accolade at the UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2003. His works have been collected by the Singapore Art Museum, CapitaLand, United Overseas Bank, UBS Group, OCBC Bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Burger Collection. Chan’s work has also been auctioned by Christie’s, Sothebys’, and Larasati Auctioneers.