EVENT #: 54965
A different life was expected of him – to be a successful businessman, to provide for the next generation, and lay the same path for his children. This was the way generations before him did it. And this was what they expected of him. And though he tried, and became pretty ok with it, he knew in his heart that it was not his way. Somewhere along the way, he found a different path. One that allowed for him to be his own man. And for him to allow his children to follow their own paths. His calling was to be an artist.
For Fred Tan, painting was not an easy thing to decide to do. To do it meant to defy what was expected of him, and to open his life, and that of his family’s, to uncertainties. But he knew he had to do it, as for him, painting was salvation. Painting gave him the capacity to express what he cannot express with words. Having painted a work gave him a catharsis, and a necessary distance with which to understand the world. Painting was a way for him to cope with life and its uncertainties. It was also a way to give form to faith, and to hope.
BEGIN is Fred Tan’s second solo exhibition. Following his successful first one-man show with Galerie Francesca last year, and quickly being a featured artist for SM Megamall’s Art for Everyone, along with established artists Fil Delacruz and Toym Imao, Fred Tan is now poised to heed the call of his muse seriously, and begin his career as a professional artist.
Fred Tan’s works are inspired by the philosophy of working with life, and the chances it presents, rather than imposing his personal wishes and desires. This philosophy resonates with Taoist detachment and stems from his reflection of three generations of his family's history, and his personal experience. Detachment brings more peace than insisting on what one desires. As an artist, working with paint, canvas and brush made him aware that paint has life. Each paint reacts differently from the other. And each paint has a life cycle and a unique character. Some dry faster than others. Some are easier to apply. Some paints do not mix well together. Only when he got to know all of his paints and work with them, instead of imposing on them what he wants did he find peace in what he does. By working with the paint and the canvas, he achieves depth and a variety of colors and expressions that could be described as effortless.