Etienne Romsom (“Tjen”)
Etienne (Dutch, 1966) is a self-taught artist whose background as a physicist and 28-year career as executive in the global corporate world provide him both an interesting counterpoint as well as boundless inspiration for his art works. After a period of years living and working in many countries, Etienne now resides in Singapore. His artist name “Tjen” is the name his family and his closest friends call him from young, and this perspective creates room for his artistic alter ego. As a lefthander, he regularly feels the urge to let loose his creative spirits unto various media and with various techniques. Tjen’s art philosophy focuses on capturing, transferring and evoking emotions into his work. He strives to capture the detailed dream world, symbolism and sensuality and plays with techniques bending realism to his will to lure his audience into his world. Furthermore, Tjen is a ‘private poet’ with more than 200 (as yet unpublished) poems to his name, so you are likely to find a poem to go with his painting. Etienne@TjenArt.com, Singapore, +65 8333 1966
“Singapore Youth Expressions” is the result of an art collaboration with Jujie’s children from Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home. The painting is a work in acrylic on canvas, 40″ (101.6cm) width by 30″ (76.2cm) height. It has been created by Jujie’s shelter children initially painting ‘all things Singapore’ as small individual studies. After a composition outline of these was made on the big canvas, the children started painting it (3 at each time) together in a good effort of collaboration and appreciating each other’s work. In the final touchup phase, excess paint was removed, corrections made and the final outcome is a delightful depiction of Singapore.
“Singapore Bright Impressions”, a second artwork created in ink, water colour and gold-leaf, is inspired by the children collaboration and offered as a limited-edition print (01 / 10). The artwork measures 76.5 cm in width and 59.5 cm in height (size as framed).