‘Artists will find a way’

26 August 2022
The Straits Times

In line with Tang Da Wu’s latest exhibition Art School SG: Tang Da Wu - Artist Sees Colours Differently held at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2 of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), The Straits Times featured the NAFA and LASALLE College of the Arts part-time teacher and performance artist.  His latest exhibition is a tribute to great creative minds and to the great artists and thinkers he refers to as “teachers” including NAFA founder Lim Hak Tai. For this latest show, he references and reinterprets the works of his favourite artists, his "teachers". "All my many teachers come through me and then I pass it on." Tang says he likes "playfulness, teasing and questioning" and that the art for his latest exhibitionis about "sharing".

For this exhibition, Tang created two provocative drawings titled Red Hand and Blue Hand, depicting hands holding a small revolver. He says the work was inspired by the Situationists, who had in turn influenced the student uprising in Paris in the late 1960s. He had been studying in the United Kingdom at the time and travelled to the city to witness the civil unrest. Tang moved to England in 1969 and studied at the Birmingham Polytechnic and Saint Martin's School of Art until 1975. He later also studied at Goldsmith's College, University of London, where he received his Master's of Fine Art in 1985. After returning to Singapore, he started the artists' colony in Sembawang called The Artists Village (TAV) in 1988. For a while, it was home to other prominent Singapore artists, such as Chng Seok Tin, Jailani Kuning, Vincent Leow and Tang Mun Kit.

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