Benjamin Koh and Christian Tan are two talented artists living in a world where words are hard to verbalise and actions often misunderstood. Where Autism is hard to live with, Art provides an outlet of expression.
Christian Tan is 26 years old and he wants to be an artist.
Benjamin Koh turns 34 this year and lives in his own world. He loves to paint.
This is about partnerships, about collaborations, about sharing a canvas. While the special artists are talented, they need help to showcase their abilities and assistance to represent them professionally. At this point in time, they also require some form of guidance to improve their skill sets.
The Art Industry is a very competitive one and it can be daunting, especially for young and inexperienced artists. Even more so, for differently abled ones. More often than not, it seems like an Everest task to get one's voice heard. There is no denying that it has become increasingly difficult to even have a mere presence felt in the market place.
We started a mentor/ mentee program and under this arrangement, the boys are guided in the painting process, their works are then packaged onto products and retailed at outlets. Together, as a team, we also pitch to companies to secure joint commission orders.
The efforts are aimed at providing a platform for the works to be showcased, appreciated and valued. It will be a bonus if some form of financial stability can be achieved in the process. The ultimate goal in this journey is for both artists to take off on their own, based on their own merit with little or minimal assistance from the mentors.
Two boys, one 34 and the other 26, both on the Autism Spectrum. One with medium functioning abilities, the other, very low functioning. One commonality, both love working with colors.
Two friends from JC, met after many years, bonded by a common interest in art, each with their own careers as artists, decided to embark on this journey to work with the boys.
From composition to execution to the final painting, the following artworks are the results of many hours of patience, teaching and guidance.
Bloom 230" by 30"
Acrylic paints on canvas
Co share artwork by Benjamin Koh and
Bandstand @Botanic GardensA3
Co share artwork by Christian Tan and Chan Yoke Ying
2 VMJ on Lush Greenery18' by 18"
Acrylics on Canvas
Co share artwork by Benjamin Koh and
Blessings on RoofA3
Co share artwork by Christian Tan and
Lanterns to My Heart Exhibition at Chinatown Heritage Centre
Dec 6, 2019, we secured our first corporate order for our special artists!
March 2, 2020.
A day of joy and gratitude.
GlacySohArt Pte Ltd first corporate deal with Special Artists was a piece for the client’s Singapore Office and another for the Hong Kong Office. Christian Tan and Chan YokeYing did the Singapore one and Ben Koh n I, the HK one.
This morning, we received the stamp of approval for both artworks and we are sooo happy and soooo very pleased! Soooo over the moon! YAY!!! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
We are so grateful and so thankful for this opportunity. THANK YOU ! ❤️❤️❤️
March 4, 2020.
To us, every enquiry is precious, every order treasured, every sale valued. We do not take things for granted. Ben and are grateful and to our Dear Client, thank YOU for your confidence in us.
March 9, 2020
Launched the QR Code for the Special Artists Page on the website. Put your camera to this and it will direct u to THIS page that is devoted solely to the boys, our joint works and our collaborations. Effective this day. YAY!
June 13, 2020
The art world is no different from any industry, competition is stiff and we have our fair share of stress and anxiety just like everyone else. It has not been easy for the boys. But, we will persevere and continue to work.
Today, we received news that one of our pieces got chosen for something (can't say what at this moment! ) and though it may not necessarily translate to any immediate financial outcome, I am just so happy and so very thrilled. For us, every inch forward is a milestone.
To Ying and Christian Tan, I am so proud of you ! YAY !!! 💪🏻