GALLERY NINE presents Vancouver-based Filipino artist J.A. Tan. The 27 year old painter who is a Fine Arts graduate from the prestigious Emily Carr University of Art+Design has been quietly raising the Filipino flag in a unique way, particularly when one of his works was chosen by the United Nations to be featured as a U.N. postage stamp last April of 2012 to celebrate its efforts at raising Autism awareness on a global level.
Tan, who describes himself as “an artist with autism”, has also been actively speaking at conferences, sharing his personal story about overcoming challenges and pursuing his passion for art, including most recently at the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Special Educators where his keynote speech “A Part of … not Apart” received a standing ovation. He was likewise commissioned to create an artwork that carried the theme of the conference and was used in their brochures and conference handouts.
Tan comes home to Manila once a year to share his talents and promote his advocacy. His most recent exhibit was at the Ayala Museum Artist Space last 2013. This year, he brings an all-new collection which will kick-off with an artist talk and demonstration on March 16 at the Ground Floor Atrium of the SM Aura in Taguig City. The works will be on view there until March 25 and at Gallery Nine, 4th Level, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City until April 2. An artist’s reception will be held on March 17, 2014 at 7pm at the SM Aura Ground Floor. The show is co-presented by Gallery Nine, ManilART Foundation and SM Aura Premier. For inquiries, please call 9108016.