Vancouver-based Filipino artist J.A. Tan will be one of the featured artists in the Autism Hearts Foundation series of art exhibits and a fashion show in New York City, April 3-7, 2017 in celebration of World Autism Awareness Month. The event billed Fashion Arts Autism Benefits Project (FAAB,) highlights the work of young Filipino artists on the autism spectrum. J.A is a featured artist. He will be exhibiting 3 acrylic on canvas paintings, and 3 special acrylic on pina (pineapple fabric) paintings, the latter which he collaborated on with renowned fashion designer Patis Tesoro and San Francisco-based fashion designer Anthony Legarda.
The week-long FAAB celebration kicks off with a by invitation-only exhibit and opening reception on April 3rd at the United Nations lobby. J.A. is no stranger to the United Nations. In April 2012, his artwork “Victory” was issued as United Nations Stamp to commemorate Autism Awareness Month and he had the privilege of being presented by then UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to the U.N. assembly where his work was exhibited on the day his UN stamp was issued. J.A., who was a recent graduate from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, then earned his membership to the exclusive United Nations’ stamp design club whose roster includes the likes of Marc Chagall, Norman Rockwell, Wyland and Peter Max.
On April 5th, the exhibit will be installed at the Philippine Center – Kalayaan Hall in New York City, where an art workshop will also take place with the artists collaborating with New York artists for the workshop.
On April 7th, Autism Hearts Foundation will present “Fashion for Hope,” an international fashion show which will feature three of J.A.’s acrylic on piña pieces incorporated into unique designs by Patis Tesoro and Anthony Legarda.