Creative Director, BLACK

Jackson Tan

Jackson is a Singaporean artist, designer and curator. (Born in 1974)

He is the creative director of BLACK, a multi-disciplinary creative studio (2002 – present) and founding partner of PHUNK, a contemporary art collective (1994 – present). Creator of Art-Zoo (2016-present) a fun and immersive world that explores nature through the perspective of art.

He has collaborated with brands and organisations such as Nike, MTV, Asian Civilisations Museum, DesignSingapore, Herman Miller and UNIQLO. Notable projects include the ubiquitous brand identity of SG50, to celebrate Singapore’s golden jubilee and the experience design of the Peranakan Museum. In 2013, BLACK was commissioned by Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City to curate and design ‘CREATIVE©ITIES’, an exhibition that “maps creativity in Asia-Pacific’s cities today”. BLACK was awarded ‘Design: Best of Category’ and ‘Independent Agency of the Year’ at the Gong Show 2014.

PHUNK’s artworks are featured in numerous biennale, museum and gallery exhibitions internationally, including MOCA Taipei, the Animamix Biennale, Design Museum (London), Gwangju Design Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Venice Biennale and the Fukuoka Art Triennale. PHUNK collaborated with artists as diverse as musician The Rolling Stones and pop artist Keiichi Tanaami.

As a visual artist, his works are based around his personal fascination with “finding meaning” thru signs and symbols.

He was awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ in 2007 by the President’s Design Award, the highest accolade for designers in Singapore.

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