Art goes far beyond simple imaging


With a long career and a low profile, C.K. Tan has left a deep imprint in the world of art through his varied and highly appreciated works, participation in art societies and teaching.

Tan Chiang Kiong, better known as C.K. Tan, is an artist with a very low profile, although his career started on the eve of Merdeka on August 30, 1957, when he left for Taipei to study Fine Arts at the National Taiwan Normal University.

Such was his humility that he did not hold his first solo, and a retrospective of sorts, until 1996, at the age of 63, at the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery. He was again accorded a retrospective, Tan Chiang Kiong: Through The Mind’s Eye, in November and December 2013 by the same institution – its first such double honours.

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