The first time I saw one of Dan Wong's illustrations, I did a double-take. While the 36-year-old Nanyang Technological University (NTU) grad produces a large amount of commercial artwork and illustrations for a wide range of commercial clients, his fine art pieces are very graphic. These works are usually very busy, cluttered with people, animals and sometimes even mythological creatures interacting in a specific setting – which itself could range from a classroom to Mount Olympus. Look closely and you'll see couples having sex, screaming at or killing each other, and dozens of other things even stranger and more unique. Each work is compelling but grotesque. If I had to suggest a comparison, I'd say Dan's work read to me like a mash-up of Chapman Brothers, Robert Crumb and Milo Manara. The works are beautiful, while busy – and they have a very specific point of view. Each one is a clear commentary on a social or political issue. Given the nature of Dan's fine art pieces, he's collected by a small and discrete circle of appreciators. His other works, however, can be seen everywhere, and has been part of the SG50 celebrations and included in SMRT commissions. Like many… Read full this story
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