• Aaron Gan

    Water Colour Blues

Aaron Gan


About The Artist

Born in Singapore in 1979, Aaron Gan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Dean’s List) from the University of Western Australia in 2003. As a watercolorist with a passion for landscapes, he constantly strives for new and innovative approaches to watercolor. Aaron left his successful corporate life and began painting full-time in 2012 after joining the Singapore Watercolor Society. He is also a member of the NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) Club and Singapore Art Society. He was recently selected to be one of three Asians at the International Watercolour Biennial in Belgium (2012) and his work has been the subject of many media stories, especially following his first solo exhibition that was completely sold out. 

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Artist Statement
I feel fortunate to be living is Singapore where I have the opportunity to study the Watercolor Masters of both the East and the West. My favorite artists include Wu Guang Zhong, Chen Wen Hsi and Alvaro Castagnet. I believe a good painting should be more than just a re-creation of the scene, more than just a professional illustration or a “very well-done coloring book.” A good painting should be more than something very pretty to hang on the wall. It should engage the viewer’s emotions and draw the viewer into experiencing what the artist was feeling when he was painting. 

On His Technique

"I find life to be a convergence of experiences. As such, I paint the same way. When you see my painting, it will look like a watercolor painting, feel like a Chinese painting and yet have a hint of oil painting. My paintings are representations of my Chinese culture and Western influences. I start painting with a big brush to convey the freshness of the skies and the ground. I then start painting with a smaller brush (such as a number ten size brush) and start building the painting. I then finish with a smaller brush (such as a number 3 size brush). What is unique to me is that I sometimes finish my paintings with white acrylic straight from the tube and a stiff brush. This creates the texture and feeling of an oil painting while preserving the freshness of watercolor that I treasure.



Works presented at Art Apart Fair 2014
Solo Exhibition ‘Vivid Vistas’, Utterly Art Singapore
Duo Artists Exhibition ‘My Dreams. Our Hopes’, LWH Gallery, Shanghai

Solo Exhibition A Point of View’, Utterly Art Singaporee
Group exhibition with Utterly Art 12th Anniversary Show

Exhibited at ‘Singapore Celebration” at 7 Adam
Exhibited at the International Watercolour Biennial Belgium
Exhibited with Utterly Art at Affordable Art Fair

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