Art In Tribute: 1965 by Andre Tan

The artist talks us through his inspiration for his artistic tribute to founding father Lee Kuan Yew

This week, in the lead up to our nation’s 50th birthday we bring you an exclusive series of portraits dedicated to our founding father Lee Kuan Yew. First up, we have artist Andre Tan, whose art is known for its tongue-in-cheek references to Pop Art. He created the artwork with 1965, the momentous year of Singapore’s independence, in mind and incorporated subtle motifs that drew on Lee’s heritage.

Andre Tan, 1965 (version 8), acrylic on canvas, 2015

Andre Tan, 1965 (version 8), acrylic on canvas, 2015

“Couched in the design motifs of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, I have referenced how Singapore was born from the mud of its origins, fired in the tumult, trials and politics of its time, and emerged hardened, shiny and brilliant, as a testament to its founding father.” — as told to Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.

To see more from our exclusive series, click here.

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