19 Oct '15, 3am

MOTHERSHIP | 5 life lessons we learnt from a karung guni man who is also an award-winning…

It’s not every day you come across a karung guni man, who also happens to be an artist — but that’s exactly what 63-year-old Tan Chong Bin is. Having stopped schooling after Primary 3, Tan, the oldest of seven children, was from eight years old above all else passionate about drawing. He sketched his father’s photographs and whatever he could get his hands on, and soon afterward started painting, amid the odd jobs he did throughout the course of his life (which included prison time for failing to enlist for NS, by the way). Now, one could say he has arrived: for the first time, artist and curator Ho Sou Ping, who founded artcommune gallery in Bras Basah Complex, will host Tan’s very first solo exhibition (from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1), which will feature some 30 pieces of his art work. After spending roughly an hour and a half chatting with him in Mandarin and Hokkien, discoveri...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2015/10/5-life-lessons-we-learnt-fro...

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