Ian Tee (b. 1994, Singapore) is an artist working across a variety of media – destroyed metal paintings, bleached and dyed textiles, and collage. His practice is an exploration of youth, in relation to the themes of rebellion, vulnerability and identity. Conflating the history of painting with the energy of subcultures, he is interested in how aesthetic narratives can be reworked and recontextualised. The attitude carried is a statement about power, defiance and possibility.
Tee graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2018. His work has been exhibited in exhibitions across Singapore, Sydney, Jakarta and Tianjin, such as at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grey Projects, and The Private Museum. He was a recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi scholarship and winner of the 2017 Cliftons Art Prize for Singapore. Recently, he received an Honourable Mention at the 2023 IMPART Awards, in recognition for his curatorial project ‘We’re Young Once’ (2022). In addition to his artistic practice, Ian is also Associate Editor at Art & Market, a multimedia platform featuring specialist content on Southeast Asian Art.
Tee is represented by Yavuz Gallery.