J.A. Tan is a Filipino-Canadian visual artist with autism, based in Vancouver, Canada. He is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
His work has been featured on a United Nations stamp and he has exhibited around the world.
The jewel colors and the pattern of the fish skin were what initially attracted me to this painting - so strong and vibrant! Then there is the underlying grid pattern throughout the painting that lends a thre-dimensional feel and texture to the painting. Lastly, maybe a little humor/whimsy ---maybe JA thinks it’s time LIFE'S tables are turned and the regular fish gets to eat the man! I love how he uses his art to bridge the disconnect between his world and the "normal world". To me, J.A.'s world looks clear, fluid, colorful, meaningful, fun and ALIVE!