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Born on March 3rd, 1989, Denise Jillian Tan is a young emerging Singaporean artist currently studying in Lasalle College of the Arts, pursuing her degree in Fine Art.
After studying in St Anthony’s Canossian Convent and Catholic Junior College and attaining her O’levels and A’levels in science, Denise discovered a new found interest in drawing in 2008 which sparked a passion within her to take a leap and study art.
After enrolling into Lasalle, she was given the opportunity to learn to paint for the first time in her life and has since then constantly tried to explore new styles and techniques of painting.
Denise prefers the use oils as her main choice of medium and she expresses great interest in portraiture, examining the human face and form in its greatest detail to bring out one’s character and personality into her paintings.
Denise was recently nominated for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2012 and won the catergory of Top 20 Singapore Artists in 2012, where she also exhibited alongside the Top 30 Catergory in Asia at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, as well as an auction under Christies. She has also exhibited in The Arts House (Origin of the World) and recently had her first solo show at Marriott Hotel alongside Singapore Tatler's Fashion Hall of Fame in 2012.
“I find myself having a strong interest in the art of portraiture. People, their faces and bodies intrigue me. From postures to expressions to actions, the human body and face is able to emanate little hints of identity which may either entice or repulse which I find both to be something that is beautiful. While drawn to the slightest details, I find myself with a desire to relate and understand the subject beyond a physical level bringing to surface the idea of the human psyche which I desire to explore through the means of painting.
I believe that painting is a form of catharsis. My desire to create, observe and play with elements of chance and then reacting to it, is the foundation of each of my paintings. Paint is moved about, blended, scraped or sculpted intuitively until I am able to feel the artwork is able to embody a greater visual and physical level of communication.”
BA(Hons) Fine Arts, 2012
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