"I believe I was created to create. If you stop dreaming - you die."
I was an Art student in High School but pursuing Art as a career was frown upon by society and family. I was told to stop dreaming! I worked in a corporate world. I was sad.
Strangley , after 20 years, life came full circle, I was working in LASALLE College of the Arts. I am now creating Art everyday. I am happy.
The medium I use are acrylic mix with oil, crystal resin, sand gel, paper, gold flakes, chinese ink and even nail polish. I love to experiment and push boundaries. I am very much influenced by Austrian artist Voka, who coined the term Spontaneous Realism to describe the dynamic creative process of his representational and impressionistic imagery. The explosive colours and energetic brushwork in his paintings describe familiar images in a personal manner.
My works are generally conceptual, impressionistic, provocative – some even controversial. I am experimental, and like pushing boundaries. I like to capture the energy and exuberance of my surroundings with rich and vibrant colours, and document dynamic compositions with bold brush strokes.
The sheer anticipation of translating my emotions and ideas onto a white canvas are both exciting and agonising! I absolutely enjoy being lost in this uncertain journey of timeless space filled with possibilities.
I do not deliberately try to evocate controversial issues with shocking images through my works. Art should not be sensationalized. Rather, art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb those in comfort. I believe art can communicate what words cannot. I want visitors to say, “I am glad I came”, after visiting The Tiffin Gallery.
Enjoy and have a great day ahead!!!
Danny Raven TAN
1989 - 1992: National University Singapore
1984 - 1985: Nanyang Junior College
1978 - 1983: RAFFLES INSTITUTION
UN*LISTED is Singaporean painter Danny Raven Tan’s first solo exhibition after surviving pancreatic cancer in 2010. Danny was mentored by Mr Poh Siew Wah, a Singaporean artist known for his powerful Abstract and Expressionistic styled paintings, for only two years when he was a student in NYJC.
Danny thought that his last career stop would be as a marketing manager in LASALLE College of the Arts, but after six glorious years, various regretful incidents strung up like pearls on a necklace and pushed him to take a leap of faith. In 2015, Danny left LASALLE and a unique art appreciation concept called THE TIFFIN GALLERY was born.
2015-HARPER'S BAZZAR ART PRIZE held at renown retail group ROBINSON, Singapore. My work " HUNGRY FOR LUXURY" was selected to be exhibited alongside the 12 finalists.
2016-First collection of 2016 "THE GODS ARE CRYING" was launched in THE TIFFIN GALLERY in Jan 2016.
2016 Aug - "UN*LISTED" is Singaporean painter Danny Raven Tan’s first solo exhibition after surviving pancreatic cancer in 2010. Danny was mentored by Mr Poh Siew Wah, a Singaporean artist known for his powerful Abstract and Expressionistic styled paintings, for only two years when he was a student in NYJC.
"UN*LISTED" is both mentally and visually provocative show set in a unique and unassuming venue in the heartland, Ang Mo Kio, Singapore.
2017 AUG - "UN*DEAD is Danny's second exhibition. The UN*DEAD series was inspired by the deep contemplative question I was posed by a friend once: “What do you want to leave behind when you die?" I want to leave good memories with people that I crossed path with. I want to leave behind things that are able to stand the test of time - a good play, a moving film, a classic song...
Events pictures : https://pin.it/EjwE-6y