Terence Tan has been a professional photographer since 2007. Exploring new ways to ‘read the city’, he hopes to draw the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium, juxtaposing old with new urban structures, streetscapes and human activities, often resulting in an abstraction. Nothing in his artworks keeps still, but always in a state of flux, mirroring the interconnected, ever changing surroundings that we experience every day, hence establishing a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined. Emphasising on aesthetics, Terence focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically, that beauty exists everywhere. If you just take a moment, you can enjoy the space that we conveniently overlook in our hectic lives. The results are reconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Terence was a finalist in ArtGeminiPrize 2019 (London) and second runner-up in the #OurHawkerCulture 2019 photo contest.
“I create images that transform their subjects or contexts from the ordinary to the remarkable, infusing them with fresh vitality and significance. Employing composite layering techniques, I meticulously craft visually stunning artworks with a painter’s sensibility. I love exploring subjects that others might deem unremarkable or unexciting and I exhaust every possibility to uncover their hidden beauty. My goal is to convey a feeling of movement and energy, resulting in multi-dimensional imagery. Viewing from different angles can reveal a dynamic representation of the subject matter. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is created to conjure the realms of our imagination which is always in a state of flux.”