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Night & Day

Sherwin C. Tan’s solo show titled Night and Day explores the two faces of reality: light and darkness. While it’s easy to dismiss his works as charming and innocent, Tan’s art is not all peachy. Dark, somber tones deliberately contrast with bright, happy colors in the two series of artworks showcased by Tan. “I am not focused only on the sunny side of life…Darkness is a real part of our journey,” he says. Tan, who has had a number of solo and group exhibits here and abroad, breaks all that tension with a positive perspective—like finding a silver lining amid the chaos. “You will see hope in each dark painting that I do,” he adds.

 

Sherwin C. Tan is unapologetically positive when it comes to his art’s intended message: peace, hope, love, and tenacity. These pervade any piece he creates, but if one considers Tan’s favorite subject—nature and all its glory—then there really is no need to apologize.

 

A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, Tan started with realism when he was under the wing of his uncle, who tutored him in painting. In college, Tan was exposed to impressionism. These disciplines he combined with Chinese calligraphy—an art form he is very familiar with since he was in primary school.

 

Marrying these varied influences, Tan came up with his own style that puts emphasis on the natural world. “I am inspired by God’s wonderful creation…The myriad of color palette before our eyes is beyond description,” he enthuses.  And much like his art, Tan aims to go beyond the obvious gain of his profession as he seeks to impart the same positivity through his works.

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Previous Exhibitions

Sleepwalkers

Marlon Magbanua, Josep Pascual, Jayson Muring, Michael Pastorizo View Collection

Brut Salad

Kris Abrigo View Collection

Platera

Soleil Ignacio View Collection

Slumber Party

Nonie Meimban View Collection

Stillness is the Noise

Miguel Nacianceno, Sonny Thakur, Toto Labrador, Cru Camara, Carmen Del Prado, Floyd Jhocson, Jilson Tiu, Eloisa Lopez View Collection

Everything’s a Blur

Norlie Meimban View Collection

Slowly Surely

Fitz Herrera View Collection

Zweet Sixteen

Carlo Vergara, Rene Cuvos, JC Penaflorida, Merlito Gepte, Buen Abrigo, Burn Aquino, Irish Galon, Amos Malayao, Teofilo Alagao Jr., Norlito Meimban View Collection

Hatak

Amos Malagao, Teofilo Alayao Jr, View Collection

A Little Room in Your Heart

Jay Ragma View Collection