Desecration of the Temple
Oil on canvas / 304.8 x 213.36cm / 2014
Marvin Chan (b. 1972, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is a self-taught artist. After fifteen years of working in advertising, he started to paint landscape and figures, took part in art shows and activities in the Klang Valley. His solo exhibition ‘First Harvest’ (2007) at a2 Gallery in Penang followed by ‘Inconsequential Consequences of Hope’ (2010) at Wei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, firmly established him in the Malaysian visual arts scene. He was resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center, USA (2010) and in the same year was nominated for the Hong Kong-based Sovereign Asian Art Prize. As one of the 75 artists featured in the Malaysian Eye art book series, Marvin Chan participated in START Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery in London (2014). Through an amalgamation of elements culled from his trove of captured images and figure drawing studies using live models, this reconstitution in a pictorial composition addresses contemporary life, its longings and expectations.