Guo-Liang Tan (b. Singapore) completed his BA Fine Art & Critical Studies at Goldsmiths College, London. As part of his MFA at Glasgow School of Art, he attended the Erasmus Exchange at The Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Tan is a visual artist working primarily in painting and text. In his work, the painterly and the textual act as surfaces for performing affect that can conjure a haunting or a promise. He is interested in how this sense of absence, located in the past and/or the future, frames our present-ness and of our subjectivities. Tension between the phenomenological and the psychological are played out in the process of painting and writing, staging congruencies and slippages that occurs within material and language. Tan's practice revolves around these moments of overlaps and gaps where projections and disruptions may be used to map out territories of desire.


2014-15 Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2013-15 Master of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
2001-03 BA Fine Art & Critical Studies, Goldsmiths College, London, UK

2015 Centre Of Contemporary Art NTU CCA Residency, Singapore
2015 Antje und Jürgen Conzelmann Preis
2014 Axisweb Artwriting Programme (Scotland), Glasgow, UK
 National Arts Council Singapore Scholarship (Visual Art)
2013 Mackendrick Scholarship (Painting)
2007 Close Connection, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 Hamal Butt Art Award

Selected Exhibitions
'í drögum / Prehistoric Loom IV', Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland
'Peacetime Resistance', Bærum Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway & Project Room, Glasgow, UK
'MFA Degree Show', Glue Factory, Glasgow, UK
'RUNDGANG 2015', Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
'The Trouble With Painting Today,' Pump House Gallery, London, UK
'In Heaps & Hinges', The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow, UK
'Do You Believe in Angels?', Equator Art Projects, Singapore/Manila
'Painting in Singapore', Equator Art Projects, Singapore

'Play Dead', Space Cottonseed, Singapore (solo exhibition)
'Marcel Duchamp in Southeast Asia', Equator Art Projects, Singapore

'Remaking Art in the Everyday', Art Stage, Singapore
'From left to right and right to east', Project Space, Huddersfield, UK

'Imagine The Painting Sees You', Pilot Art Space, Hasting, UK

Curatorial Projects
'We Who Saw Signs', Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore ICAS
'Found & Lost', Osage Singapore, in affiliation to Singapore Arts Festival
'Aversions', artist book published by Osage Gallery
'Gloaming', Grey Projects, Singapore
'The Deep End', p10 Art Space, Singapore
'And we took ourselves out of our hands (In Search of the Miraculous)', p10 Art Space, Singapore, in affiliation to 'Gravity', organized by MAAP (Multimedia Art Asia Pacific)

‘Blue (I Put A Spell On You)’ in Ellipsis Journal: Issue B
‘House’ in Speaking in Tongues – Five Responses from Five Writers, published by CCA Glasgow
‘Seeing Things’, online review for
‘Painting in Glasgow’, online article for
‘Trappings And Dwellings’ in Engaging Perspectives: New Art from Singapore, contributing text, published by Centre of Contemporary Art CCA

'Ian Woo – A Review 1995-2011', published by Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore ICAS

'Singapore Intensive II: Song-Ming Ang', Future Perfect, Gillman Barracks, Singapore


'Charles Lim – Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House', published by Singapore Art Museum 

Jeremy Sharman, ‘A flower painting by any other name… genre painting that isn’t’, article on, 31 Dec 2012
Adeline Chia, ‘Stiil life paintings play dead’, Straits Times Life! section, exhibition review, 22 Nov 2012
Joleen Loh, ‘Of floods and flowers’, TODAY Arts section, exhibition review, 22 Nov 2012
Tony Godfrey, ‘Thinking Paintings’, in Play Dead exhibition catalogue, published by Space Cottonseed, 2012
Hanna Scott, ‘Voices of Revolution’, feature article, Surface Magazine, Aug 2011
Mayo Martin, ‘Sign Language’, TODAY Arts section, exhibition review, 8 Aug 2011
Lee Weng Choy, ‘A Conversation about Drawing’, book review on publication Aversions, C-Arts Magazine, Nov/Dec 2009
June Yap, ‘Found & Lost’, exhibition review, Asian Art News, July/Aug 2009