Artist: J.A. Tan
acrylic on canvas
48 x 24 inches
J.A. Tan, a Vancouver based visual artist, became a member of the exclusive United Nations stamp design club when his artwork, “Victory” was issued as a United Nations stamp on April2012. Chosen from over 200 worldwide submissions, his piece echoes his vision as an artist.
Born and raised in the Philippines, J.A. moved to Vancouver and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in May 2010. Since then he has had solo and group shows in Canada, Philippines, USA, China, and U.K. He has also been commissioned to create pieces for homes and offices and has spoken in international conferences about how art informs his life.
J.A. Tan describes himself as an artist with autism. Diagnosed as a high functioning child with autism before his third birthday, J.A. aims to show through art how his mind works.
He says, “Thru my work, I hope to make the world less scary for everyone.” For this submission with the theme “Celebrating mixed Asian heritage of Canada”, I have three pieces that represent how I celebrate my living here in Vancouver for the last 10 years while likewise celebrating my Philippine heritage.
My works, most of which are in the abstract genre, use powerful and strong colors as I speak in colors – each color has a specific meaning in my works. Blue, green and yellow are my favourite colours. For me, blue stands for the sky, water, and freedom. Green represents grass, trees and peace. And yellow represents light, sun and happiness. These three qualities – freedom, peace, and happiness – are important recurring elements in these pieces. These are part of what life in Canada is for me.