KRATOS - THE SPIRIT OF STRENGTH & POWER

Closing Bid: S$ 1,000.00

OPEN DATE: 10 May 2014, 10:00am
CLOSING DATE: 27 June 2014, 8:30pm

About the Artwork

Tan Sock Fong's creation entitled Kratos - The Spirit of Strength and Power is an illuminating title for the Büffel. Taking the imagery of the God of War - the personification of strength and power - the artist describes her work on the Büffel as "layers of lines and tones that symbolize the many rounds of 'charging forward', the persistence and endurance one should have in achieving their goal". The artist's choice of using dark metallic colours conveys a futuristic quality, with the streaks of lightning further emphasising the "speed" at which the bulls (and the Gods) can twist and turn and react instinctively with their bodies. As with the Gods of mythology, the potent force of the bull is ever present in its impressive stature.

Bidding Information

OPEN DATE: 10 MAY 2014
CLOSING DATE: 27 JUNE 2014

Closing Bid: S$ 1,000.00

About the Artist

Tan Sock Fong is a Singapore based visual artist and a founder member of Emily Hill Enterprise. Recognising her own artistic ability, she studied for a Certificate in Graphic Design from Pa-Lin Graphic Art School, Singapore in 1985. This led to further training at La Salle SIA College of the Arts Singapore where she majored in Printmaking and gained a Diploma in Art in 1988. Tan then received an overseas study bursary from the National Art Council in 1993, and left for the UK to study at Wolverhampton University where she graduated with a BA (Hons) degree specializing in Glass Art and Printmaking in 1995. In 2004, she was artist-in-resident, working on cast glass with the David Ruth Glass Studio in Oakland, USA.

One of Tan's notable assignments early on in her career was assisting Cultural Medallion Award recipient Ms Chng Seok Tin to set up Singapore's first public printmaking studio at the Changkat Community Centre in 1992. The following year, Tan participated in the organizing of Singapore's first local glass exhibition - Glass: Passage of Evaluation. As Vice President of the Sculpture Society (Singapore) in 2007, the committee managed and organized Singapore's first International Woodcarving Symposium in the same year.

Tan held her first solo exhibition The Unveiling of the Hidden at Utterly Art Singapore in 2005. Her works in Singapore can be found in The Four Seasons Hotel, The Paterson Condominium, Schott Glass, Changi Airport, and the Silk Road Restaurant at the Amara Hotel. She has been commissioned to design and fabricate award trophies locally and regionally, such as The Asian Television Award, Brainiest Kid 2003, Singapore Green Plan 2012 Award and SIA-PHILIPS Green Innovation Award 2008. She was also the curator for The Bombay Sapphire Blue Room Exhibition held in 2007 in Singapore.