Bio



Guo-Liang Tan (b. Singapore) is a visual artist working primarily in the field of painting, from which works in other mediums such as text, collage and video sometimes emerge. In his work, surfaces, painterly or otherwise, become a space for performing gestures of affect and conjuring a haunting that converses with the ghosts of abstraction.

Tan completed his BA in Fine Art & Critical Studies at Goldsmiths College, London and his MFA at Glasgow School of Art. He was also a guest student at The Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany and an artist-in-residence at the NTU Centre of Contemporary Art. He is a recipient of Singapore National Arts Council Scholarship as well as the Mackendrick Scholarship and the Antje und Jürgen Conzelmann Preis for painting. He was also a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2018.

His work has been exhibited and collected in Asia and Europe. Recent exhibitions include ‘The Trouble With Painting Today’ (2014) at Pump House Gallery, London, ‘Guo-Liang Tan: Ghost Screen’ (2017) at Ota Fine Arts, Singapore, ‘A Different Way Of (Thinking About) Painting?’ (2017) at Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, ‘Ethereal Machines’ (2018) at Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai, ‘Elevation Laos’ (2018) at icat Gallery, Vientiane and ‘Reformations’ (2019) at NTU ADM Gallery, Singapore .

Tan belongs to a generation of artists whose creative output extends beyond his own studio practice. Alongside his own work, he also collaborates with other artists on curatorial and publication projects, including ‘Aversions’ and ‘Found & Lost’ (2009) for Osage Gallery, ‘We who saw signs’ (2011) for Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore and ‘Side Affects’ (2019) for Ota Fine Arts.

Guo-Liang Tan is represented by Ota Fine Arts.



Education


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


Award/Grant/Residency


2018    Sovereign Asian Art Prize (finalist)
2016    Centre Of Contemporary Art NTU CCA Residency, Singapore
2015    Antje und Jürgen Conzelmann Preis
2014    Axisweb Artwriting Programme (Scotland), Glasgow, UK
2013    National Arts Council Singapore Scholarship
2013    Mackendrick Scholarship
2007    Close Connection, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2002    Hamal Butt Art Award


Solo Exhibitions


2017    ‘Guo-Liang Tan: Ghost Screen’, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore
2012    ‘Play Dead’, Space Cottonseed, Singapore


Selected Group Exhibitions


2019   
‘Desert Garden’, Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai
‘Objects of Desire’, Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
‘Reformations: Painting in Post 2000 Singapore Art’, NTU ADM Gallery, Singapore

2018   
‘Elevation Laos’, icat Gallery, Vientiane, Laos
‘Hikarie Contemprary Art Eye Vol.10’, Tokyo, Japan
‘Ethereal Machines: Guo-Liang Tan & Zang Kunkun’, Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai
‘The Crossing’, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong

2017
‘A Different Way Of (Thinking About) Painting’, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
‘Suppose, there is A’, Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
 ‘Alfa Tango’, Grey Projects, Singapore

2016
‘Of The Sea’, Chatham Historic Dockyard, UK
'í drögum / Prehistoric Loom IV', Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland

2015
'Peacetime Resistance', Bærum Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway & Project Room, Glasgow, UK
'MFA Degree Show', Glue Factory, Glasgow, UK
'RUNDGANG 2015', Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2014
'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

2013   
'Painting in Singapore', Equator Art Projects, Singapore

2012   
'Marcel Duchamp in Southeast Asia', Equator Art Projects, Singapore

2011   
'Remaking Art in the Everyday', Art Stage, Singapore

2009   
'From left to right and right to east', Project Space, Huddersfield, UK

2003   
'Imagine The Painting Sees You', Pilot Art Space, Hasting, UK


Curatorial Projects


2019    ‘Side Affects’, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore
2012    ‘Singapore Intensive II: Song-Ming Ang’, Future Perfect, Singapore

2011    ‘We Who Saw Signs’, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2009    ‘Found & Lost’, Osage Singapore, in affiliation to Singapore Arts Festival
2008    ‘Gloaming’, Grey Projects, Singapore
2006    ‘The Deep End', p10 Art Space, Singapore
2004    ‘And we took ourselves out of our hands (In Search of the Miraculous)', p10 Art Space, in affiliation to Gravity (organised by Multimedia Art Asia Pacific) and SENI Singapore 2004



Selected Articles


Bing Hao, ‘Guo-Liang Tan: Soft Obsolescene’, article in LEAP 2018
Sherman Sam, ‘How Abstraction Can Improve Your Life’, article in Art-In-Sight, published by OCULA 2018
Jean Hui Ng, ‘Review: Ghost Screen – Guo-Liang Tan’, exhibition review in Art Asia Pacific 2017
Anca Rujoiu, ‘What We Take Away With Us (From A Work Of Art)’, in Ghost Screen exhibition catalogue, published by OTA Fine Arts 2017
Kevin Chua, ‘The Uncommitted Life’, in Ghost Screen exhibition catalogue, published by OTA Fine Arts 2017
Jeremy Sharma, ‘A flower painting by any other name… genre painting that isn’t’, article on Artitute.com, 31 Dec 2012
Adeline Chia, ‘Still 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