Tang Da Wu

Tang Da Wu was born in Singapore in 1943. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) in the UK, and subsequently pursued his Master of Fine Art at Goldsmith College in 1985. In 1988, he founded The Artist Village, an art collective that discusses and pushes boundaries of the art scene in Singapore. Besides being an artist, Da Wu is also an educator and has taught in art schools in Singapore and in the UK, including Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. At present, he is a part-time lecturer at the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

The Bull was inspired by Picasso’s Guernica work, a follow on from Tang Da Wu’s methodology in using found objects. The limestone rock which formed the base of the artwork belonged to the artist, and was transformed into a bull with the steel fabrication of horns. The head represents a living fossil of ideas: in art history, Da Wu’s history and Singapore’s history.

The Thing that fell out of the Island is a residue part from the installation of (Seletar) Island, an island formation turned on its side vertically, and things fall out. The object resembles a raindrop. Raindrop has resonance with the idea of natural forces and time passing – the historicity of Sembawang in the natural landscape and the urban community.

These works were acquired by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2019.



2019, Limestone, Metal, 69 x 92 x 50 cm

Thing that fell out of the island

2019, Metal, 38 x 16 x 16 cm