Gan Siong King

  • Atist In Residence2016
  • Born in1975 in Malaysia
  • NationalityMalaysia

Born in Johor, Malaysia in 1975. Lives and works in Kuala Lumpur.
In 1996, Gan Siong King received his diploma in fine arts with a major in oil painting at Malaysia Institute of Arts. His major exhibitions include “The Horror The Horror” (Art Printing Works Warehouse, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016), “Looking Ahead” (Fergana Art Space, Penang, Malaysia, 2015), “The Pleasures of Odds and Ends” (FEEKA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2014), and “Contemporary Rhetorics” (Valentine Willie Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010).
Gan is actively producing and showing artworks, primarily in Malaysia. Valuing a sense of “play” in his works, he explores such themes as laughter, humor, and joy. The works themselves, however, are not so much sensuous as conceptual, and they investigate primeval painting compositions. In recent years, Gan has undertaken a self-curated project in which he defines the production of an exhibition, itself, as an artwork. Painting 12 identical portraits of one model, he gives each portrait a different title as a means of investigating the ambiguity of individual identity and the relationship between identity and context.

Reasons for Artist Selection
At 41 years of age, Gan is an established artist steadily building a career in Malaysia. Because he has had few opportunities for working or showing his work abroad, however, a residence in Japan, I felt, would give him a chance to make new discoveries and achieve change. His artworks, themselves, which are refined and complexly structured and extremely high in quality and finish, have a strong appeal. Finally, he also impressed me with his honest stance in pursuing the essential meaning of art and the great enthusiasm he brings to this residence program.

Hiroyuki Hattori

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Resident Artists 2016

Ernesto Bautista  <El Salvador>

Gan Siong King  <Malaysia>

Yen Noh  <South Korea>