Soliloquy - A visual exploration of human emotion

Singapore, November 2014 – Pan Pacific Singapore collaborates with guest artist Tan Thian Joo to present Soliloquy, a curated collection of oil paintings exploring the artist’s fascination with human emotion and the affectation of theatre. From 12 January to 30 March, Tan’s paintings take centre stage at the hotel’s Public Art Space located on level 2.

is Tan’s visual commentary on concealed emotion and the performances that people inevitable affect in everyday life. The theatrical paintings in this series feature solitary figures whose faces are either obscured by masks, stage makeup, or turned away from the viewer, despite the fact that they are, to all appearances, alone. Devoid of emotion, the masks conceal all facial cues; and the emotions of the figures instead have to be deduced from their expressive and emotive body language. A subdued colour palette further serves to heighten the impression of supressed emotion. Graphic motifs, bold symbolism and cityscapes of modern Singapore make up the background and setting of the pieces, contrasting clean and contemporary lines with the delicate contours of human physicality and neurosis. The theatrical aspect of the pieces comes through strongly, particularly emphasised by Western and traditional Chinese opera masks, and striking costuming.

Born and raised in Singapore, Tan graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts where he  specialised in oil paintings. As he continued to explore the medium and develop his personal technique, the focus of his paintings shifted from scenes of nature, to representational art with the human form as the focal point. Tan’s unique compositions are marked by his exceptional control of colour and texture applied to vivid imagery. Tan has devoted his craft to interpreting his life experiences and perceptions, translating fleeting memories and ephemeral moments into enduring visual expressions.

Name of Exhibition: Soliloquy
Artist: Tan Thian Joo
Date: 12 January to 30 March 2015
Opening Hours: Open throughout the day
Venue: Public Art Space at Pan Pacific Singapore
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595

For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Tang Wen Xian
Assistant Marketing Manager
DID: (65) 6826 8092

Ms Venetia Chung
Assistant Marketing Manager
DID: (65) 6826 8095

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Located in the heart of Marina Bay with easy access to world-class shopping, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Central Business District, Pan Pacific Singapore offers 790 contemporary rooms and suites that are ideal for business or leisure. Savour epicurean delights at our award-winning restaurants and bar or rejuvenate at our swimming pool and spa. Pan Pacific Singapore is proud to be named Asia’s Leading Business Hotel by the World Travel Awards from 2006 to 2012, World’s Leading Business Hotel by the World Travel Awards from 2007 to 2010 and 2012, and World’s Leading City Hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2011. The hotel was also a recent winner in “2013 World’s Best Business Hotels” by Travel & Leisure Magazine Readers, Tripadvisor’s 2013 Traveller’s Choice Awards and Certificate of Excellence Awards.

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About Public Art Space
Public Art Space, 220 square metres of dedicated space on level two of the hotel overlooking The Atrium, is dedicated to showcasing collections by international and local artists with regularly rotating exhibitions. The decision to create Public Art Space is based on the hotel’s commitment to the local community; particularly supporting local Arts in the most accessible way possible and making it available for public enjoyment.

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