Endless Flow by Tan Teng Kee

Country : Malaysia


Tan Teng-Kee (b.1937-d.2016) was a Malaysian-born sculptor and painter. He studied Chinese and Western painting in Hong Kong in the late 1950s and metal sculpture and printmaking in Düsseldorf in the late 1960s. From 1971-1987 he taught applied sculpture at the Baharuddin Vocational Institute in Singapore, during which time he introduced new methods and ideas in sculpture to his students, as well as to the wider art scene through prominent public commissions and regular exhibitions, including several with the Modern Art Society.

Tan’s use of found industrial materials and contemporary metalworking techniques reflected the rapid urban transformation of Singapore in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1979 his self-organised outdoor exhibition, known as ‘The Picnic’, took the form of a happening when the artist wrapped one of his sculptures in paper and set it alight. This event is considered the first of its kind in Singapore. In 1987, Tan relocated to Australia, where he continued to exhibit. A survey exhibition of his work was held at Sculpture Square, Singapore in 2001.

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