Lot 101

b. Kuala Lumpur, 1975


Oil on canvas
122cm x 122cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 16,000

Reminiscence of Gerhard Richter’s photographic paintings, It’s There, It’s Still There is Eric Chan’s visual interpretation of a distant memory, seemingly emerging from recollecting a place in the past. In this case, by avoiding any representational forms or shapes, Eric has cleverly made absence the subject matter, as suggested by the title, allowing the viewer multiple entry points and interpretation perspectives. He is known to simulate the graphics of old black and white photographs and negative images - appropriating tonal inversion from an original image - executed in his hallmark style by employing camera and photographic effects in large scale paintings.

Eric Chan was trained at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore in 1996. He then pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia and attained a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from RMIT in 2000. He has held more than 15 solo exhibitions across Asia since 2000 namely Flaunting – Paintings by Eric Chan, Singapore (2000), Out-Sight – Paintings by Eric Chan, Hong Kong (2002), Paintings by Eric Chan, the Philippines (2006) and most recently Balik Kampung, Kuala Lumpur (2012). His participation in group shows extends across the region from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to Taiwan. He was the first artist to inaugurate the BMW corporate art series with the Singapore Tyler Print Institute in 2007.