NN Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition entitled Thoughts on Life II by Eston Tan from 8th July till 8th August at NN Gallery. The latest collection of fifty new works will showcase insightful portraits and landscapes in oil, watercolours and charcoal drawings.
Eston Tan, born in Penang and a graduate of the Malaysia Institute of Art will have his second solo exhibition back at NN Gallery. Eston is a bright young impressionist painter, who is well versed in the classical discipline of the process of painting. Working first with studies in charcoal, he then worked in watercolours before embarking on the use of oil as his medium.
Insipred by his travels to Bali, China and throughout Malaysia: Penang , Malacca, Janda Baik and to the areas inhabited by the Orang Asli in Cameron Highlands, Eston Tan captures in situ the things that captures his heart, from the natural beauty of his surroundings , to the people he meets and from the experiences which is shared through his expressions in art.
His oil paintings are reminiscent of the impressionist style using a thick impasto technique, of layerings upon layerings of heavy use of paint lending a rich and velvety quality to the work. His studies, much like his watercolours, are equally accomplished. Giving much thought to the details with a wonderful play of light and shadows, especially in the renderings of the reflections of water ; the works allude to a time and place of contemplation.
Insightful and detailed, Eston captures the simple things in life such as the ubiquitous corner shop, to children playing with the telephone, made up to two old stringed cans perched on window ledge to a fishermanís return from a day of fishing. His scenic landscape, rich in green and golden hues, captures the stilt wooden structures of the kampung houses seen in the hills and water villages. Estonís strength also lies in the manner in which he so precisely captures the mood as the day begins to darken and as rain looms high in the skies.
In his exceptional portrayal of the Mother and Child, he pays homage to the innocence and simplicity of the Orang Asli people. A much loved subject matter amongst figurative painters, Eston gives it a unique Malaysian touch. The strong facial expression labours in intensity and captures the emotions, the purity and sensuality of the people.