One of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary painters, Eric Chan has developed a reputation for reinvigorating interest in painting as an important contemporary media. Chan explored the different facets of oil painting, over the course of twenty years in his artistic practice. Although he started out as an abstract painter, Chan established himself as a skilled practitioner in hyper-realistic compositions of flora and fauna and in 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 was viewed through a diffused lens. His paintings are shaped by photographic and camera effects – from the blurring or smearing of his paintings to simulate photographic images 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, UK, UAE and the Philippines. In 2002, he was awarded the Juror’s Choice at the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards, and in 2003 the Highly Commended accolade at the UOB Painting of the Year Competition. His works have been collected by the Singapore Art Museum, CapitaLand, UOB, UBS, OCBC, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Burger Collection. Chan’s work has also been auctioned by Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Larasati.