Laurens Tan

Laurens Tan (b.1950, Holland) divides his time between his studios in Beijing, Las Vegas, and Wollongong, Australia. Laurens’s artistic practice concerns the plight of a global trance as it affects cultural identity – linking sculpture, architectural & industrial design, 3D animation and video, graphics, and music.

His work has been included in international survey exhibitions at Iberia Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, USA; Houston Museum of Art, USA; Seoul National University Museum of Art, South Korea; Shizuoka Prefectural Art Museum, Japan; National Galleries of New South Wales and Victoria; The Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; and Sydney Powerhouse Museum, Australia. His works are held in major public collections across Australia and internationally. Laurens was a Board member of the Asian Australian Art Association, Sydney (1997-2007), Wollongong City Gallery (2006-08) and Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Sydney (2016-2018), and as Artist Advisory Group Member, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2004-06).


1950 Born in Hague, Holland
1962 Migrated with his parents to Australia
1800s His great grandparents migrated to Indonesia from Fujian, China
Present Lives and works in Sydney, Beijing (since 2006), Las Vegas (since 2012)
2020 “Three Wise Monkeys”, Las Vegas City Hall
2019 “The Ox Lantern Sculpture-” City of Sydney 2019 Lunar Lantern Festival
2017-18 “Babalogic in the Desert”, Sahara West Library (ex- Las Vegas Art Museum)
2017 “Identity & Nostalgia-” Neon Museum Visiting Artist / Nevada Arts Council Education Grant, Las Vegas
“Mooncake-” Animation Sequences, Mooncake Festival, Laneway Project, Rockhampton Regional Gallery, Queensland
“Babalogic in the Desert” (Rotunda Space, Las Vegas) Nevada Arts Council Grant, Las Vegas, USA
Monkey Lunar Lantern Commission Design Development, the City of Sydney, Sydney
2016 “Sudu/Speed” (Animation and Installation) Commissioned by Murray Art Museum, Albury, NSW
“Depth of Ease” in Vegas, Exhibition Commissioned by Zappos Downtown, Las Vegas, USA
Monkey Lunar Lantern Festival, Sydney Opera House, Commissioned by the City of Sydney, Sydney
2014 “Empire Bookends: Basketcase”, Commissioned by the University of Chicago, Beijing, Center, China
2013 “The China Code (A Retrospective)”, Southern Florida College Melvin Gallery, Lakeland Florida, USA
2012 “Babalogic”, Commissioned Feature Artist by Art Asia (Art Basel), Miami, USA
“ShiWaiTaoYuan”, Public Art Commission, The Opposite House, Beijing, China
2011 “Always on My Mind-home: Australia-Korea Foundation Project”, Museum of Art, Seoul National University and GANA Gallery, Seoul Square, Seoul, South Korea
“Happy Toy”, Tally Beck Contemporary, New York, USA
“Happy Toy”, Commissioned Feature Artist, Art Asia (Art Basel), Miami, USA
2010-11 “Arena-A Post Boom Beijing”, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria
2007 “The Depth of Ease”, Anniart Gallery, 798 Art Festival, Beijing, China
2005 “Octogene” Commission, 10th Anniversary, Capitol Theatre Restoration, Sydney
1999 “Octomat”, World Gaming Expo & Congress, Las Vegas, USA
1998 “Profile of a Counter”, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
1993 Gallery 14 Contemporary Artists Series, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland
1992 “Games & Voices”, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
“Adapt Enforce IV”, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland
“Adapt Enforce V”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
2022 “Parallel Wanderings”, Chatswood Lunar Festival, The Concourse, Sydney
2021 Articulate Projects 11th Anniversary, Leichhardt, Sydney
“Birds & Language”, Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW
“Diaspora”, Las Vegas City Hall Chambers Gallery, Las Vegas, USA
2019 Nanjing Ink Paper Art Biennale, Nanjing, China
“Between Two Worlds”, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW
2018 48- collaborative installation, with Liquid Palace, fRuityspace, Beijing; I-project. space, Beijing, China
The First Ulaan Baatar International Art Festival, Outer Mongolia
“Transcendence”, New Art Atrium @ Surry Hills, Sydney
Artists for Guide Dogs Australia Benefit Exhibition, Customs House, Sydney
“Plural: New Acquisitions” UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas
Chinese Characters in Contemporary Art. SongZhuang Da Di Art Centre, China
2015 Second International Zhongshan Art Expo, Guangdong, China
“Reverse the Perspective”, Mebo Culture, Wangjing Soho, Beijing, China
“Death”, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney 
“Loose Canon”, Artbank Collection Exhibition, Waterloo, Sydney
2013 “DaBao/ TakeOut”, Winnipeg Plug-In ICA, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
“REDvolution”, Hong Kong House, Sydney
“Snake, Snake, Snake”, Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, Town Hall, Sydney
“X-Field”, RMIT Design Research Institute, Melbourne
“Arena / China Code”, Pinnacles Gallery / James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland
“ACAF at Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing, China
2012 “ZhongJian / Midway”, China and Australian National Tour
2011 “Always on My Mind-home: Australia-Korea Media Project”, Seoul National University Museum of Art and Gana Gallery at Seoul Square, Seoul, South Korea
China One World One Home 2011, Qing Tong Museum, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China
“X-Field: Jumping City”, RMIT @ CU Space 798 Beijing, China
“My Australia”, Kuandu University Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2010 Fat Art 2010, Today Art Museum at the Village, Beijing, China
“Dialog IV”, Bild Volksbad University of Applied Sciences, Jena, Germany
“Asian Landmark”, A Toyota Art Project, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2009 ANZ Australian Film Festival, Sanlitun Village Beijing, China
“Labyrinth III: Dangerous Liaisons”, Li Gallery, CaoChangDi, Beijing, China
“Another Silk Road”, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of NSW, Sydney
“2D / 3D Negotiating Visual Languages”, PKM Gallery Beijing, China
“Vernacular Terrain 2”, IDAp, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
2007-8 “Journey/Process”, Red Gate Gallery Beijing, Eastlink Shanghai, Hong Kong
2007 “Art for Television 1994-98”, MAAP ArtRage, Griffith University, Brisbane
2005 McClelland Contemporary Sculpture Award Finals, Melbourne
Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award Finals, Melbourne
43rd Fisher’s Ghost Winner Open Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
“Isle of Refuge”, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Monash University Art Museum, Sydney
2004 “Gambling in Australia: Thrills, Spills and Social Ills”, Powerhouse, Sydney
1997 Pan Pacifica Multimedia Festival, Groningen, Holland
“Lawyers Guns & Money”, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
1996-8 “Death: An Insight on Life”, Penrith Regional Gallery, Australia National Tour
1994-6 “Elvis + Marilyn: 2 x Immortal”, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
“Museum of Art”, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, Baltimore Museum of Art, San Jose, USA
“Museum of Art”, Honolulu Academy of Art, Philbrook Museum of Art Tulsa, Tennessee State Museum Nashville, Houston Contemporary Art Museum, USA
1991 Australian Perspecta 1991, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
“Always on My Mind: Australia-Korea Media Project on Future Shelters”, Museum of Art Seoul National University and GANA Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2010-11 “Arena-A Post Boom Beijing”, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Sydney, LaTrobe University, Bendigo, VIC
2000 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
1999, Project Director/ CEO & Curator, R & D Production, Davis, California & Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
“Octomat”, World Gaming Congress & Expo, Las Vegas, USA
1995 “Just a Memento”, Project Director & Curator, Regional Survey Exhibition of Souvenirs, Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong & Casula Powerhouse, NSW
“The Art of Tourism:  NSW Tourism Conference”, Parramatta, NSW
1994-97 “To Remember Buy”, Design Innovations in Souvenir Design, Project Director Curator, Western Sydney University, Regional Galleries Association of NSW, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
2022 Commissioned Artist, Yours & Owls Music Festival
Commissioned Artist, Chatswood Lunar Festival, Sydney
2019 Acquisition, Smart Museum of Art Permanent Collection, Chicago, USA
Commissioned Artist, City of Sydney Chinese New Year Lantern Project, Sydney
2018 Acquisition, Ulaan Baatar Mongolian Art Museum, Mongolia
Acquisition, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Permanent Collection, Las Vegas, USA
Acquisition, Deakin University Sculpture Park Permanent Collection, Melbourne
Acquisition, Deakin University Sculpture Park Permanent Collection, Melbourne  
Commissioned Artist, Mooncake Festival, Rockhampton Laneway Project, Queensland
2017 Commissioned Visiting Artist, Neon Museum & Nevada State College, Las Vegas Nevada Arts Council Grant for Babalogic in the Desert, Rotunda Space, Las Vegas, USA
2016 Commissioned Artist, Murray Art Museum, Albury NSW
Commissioned Artist, Zappos Downtown, Las Vegas, USA
Commissioned Artist, City of Sydney Chinese New Year Lantern Project, Sydney
2014-15 Commissioned Artist, University of Chicago (Beijing Center), China
1997 Acquisition, 25th Tamworth Country Music Festival

Artbank Australia, Australia
Arts Council of South Australia
Australian Embassy, Beijing, China
Australian Embassy, Paris, France
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada
Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW Australia
Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, Australia
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Craft Council Northern Territory, Australia
Curtin University of Western Australia, Australia
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Galerie Cannibal Pierce, Paris, France
Griffiths University, Queensland, Australia
Hunan Normal University, China
Ipoh Gardens Development, Sydney, Australia
Lanyon House, ACT, Australia
Laura Civic Centre, South Australia, Australia
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, USA
Moet & Chandon Foundation, Epernay, France
Modern Sky Music, Beijing, China
New Parliament House, ACT, Australia
Orange Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Queensland University Art Museum, Australia
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, USA
South Pacific Forum Collection (National Gallery of Australia), Australia
Tamworth City Gallery, NSW, Australia
University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Wollongong City Gallery, NSW, Australia

Private and corporate collections

Australia, China, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, USA, Canada

2006 The Architecture of Risk, Doctor of Creative Arts (Communications & Media), University of Technology Sydney, Australia
1991 Visual & Cultural Identity, Master of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, Australia
1987 Cultural Studies, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China
1978 B.Ed. (Fine Arts) University of South Australia, Australia
1972 Certificate, Music Theory & Arrangement, NSW Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia

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