He has become the most expensive living artist in Singapore last night after a frenzied five-way bid at the Poly Autumn Auction’s Modern And Contemporary Chinese Art Evening Sale in Beijing where his oil and acrylic painting, When the Moon is Orbed 《月圆时候》(140cm x 206cm), was sold for 18.975 million yuan (S$3.7 million).
The Cultural Medallion recipient and multidisciplinary aritst painted the record-breaking work in Beijing earlier this year.
I have the honour of meeting and speaking with Tan Swie Hian on a few occasions because of the Singapore Blog Awards, organised by omy.sg.
Do you know that the Singapore Blog Awards trophies that omy.sg have been giving out the past five years are designed by Tan Swie Hian?
Like a wise sage, Tan Swie Hian shared with us some of his thoughts on organising a new media award like this and how we needed to have far-reaching visions in order to succeed. The team at omy.sg is thankful for his valuable contributions and advice.
Some had asked us about the unique shape of the trophy, mistaking it for an urn. Much thought went into the conceptualisation and design of the trophy. You can read more about it HERE.
This is how Tan Swie Hian describe the trophy design in his own words:
For the past years Singapore Blog Awards winners, there are currently 47 trophies designed by Tan Swie Hian and given out by omy.sg in circulation globally. Don’t you feel honoured to be among one of the few individuals in the world holding on to such an exqusite piece of art? 🙂