Gan Tee Sheng
b. 1984, Malaysia
Gan Tee Sheng who was born in 1984, obtained his art education from the Dasein Academy of Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur. He majored in Fine Art and has been participating in numerous exhibitions since 2008, both regionally and internationally.
Interested in human emotions, the artist pays particular attention to the repressed feelings that run deep underneath our innermost thoughts. The element of surrealism is rife in his works, and his art is inspired by mankind’s desires, where intuition, illusion, and the subconscious mind are turned into symbolic icons to question how people handle and struggle with sex, desire, and negative thinking.
Human figures are the core subject matter in Tee Sheng’s paintings, and they are often integrated with interior spaces, utilitarian forms, and peculiar objects. All his works explore the internal world that is the human mind, so as to disclose the intimate relationship between humans and their objects of desire.
Tee Sheng has been awarded twice for the UOB Painting Of The Year in 2016 and 2011 respectively. In 2013, he was the recipient for the Top Award in Established Artist for the UOB Painting of the Year competition. As the selected artist at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum’s Residency Program in 2014 and with several sold-out shows under his belt, Tee Sheng has garnered a following of collectors and is a favoured artist in the S.E.A region.