IMPART Art Prize 2023 Winner
Jon Chan (b. 1982, Singapore) is an artist who works through the dimensions of unsolicited real-time performances and the circulation of mediated images, but he does so primarily from the position of a painter. Chan is guided by an attunement with the notion of the divided-self and a sense of alienation which is situated in doubt, a sense that one is stuck between two opposing conditions that one feels disconnected from. From this view, he has decidedly taken on local settings for his paintings, choosing specific sites and terrain that house these particular disjunctions. Chan attained his Diploma in Fine Art (Painting), BA (First Class Honours) and MA of Fine Arts in LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore, and was awarded the Winston Oh Travel Award in both 2003 and 2007. He has also been a recipient of the JCCI Arts Awards in 2007 and has participated extensively in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 2002, including Bilateral bonds, Taksu Gallery, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur (2003); Black is not the darkest colour, La Libreria, Singapore (2007); Modern Love, ICA Singapore (2014); Raw Forms, Coda Culture, Singapore (2019); Time Passes, National Gallery Singapore (2020) and This Time: Contemporary Watercolour, A+, Kuala Lumpur (2022). The Jury was impressed with his accomplishments and particularly noted his interest in furthering painting as a contemporary practice, as well as his sharp and precise observations on Singapore society.