PHUNK is a contemporary art & design collective based in Singapore.

Founded in 1994 by Alvin Tan (b. 1974), Melvin Chee (b. 1974), Jackson Tan (b. 1974) and William Chan (b. 1973) when they were still students in Lasalle College of the Arts, they developed a novel approach to collective art-making based on the collaborative aesthetic of a rock-and-roll band, and informed by a shared interest in urban subcultures.

Described as “The Champion of Singapore’s Graphic Scene” (Creative Review, UK), “Asia’s hottest agency” (Computer Arts, UK), “one of the world’s foremost cutting-edge design collectives” (Asia Tatler, Hong Kong) and “iconic representatives of the new wave of young Asian creators” (Get it Louder, China).

They have propagated a visual signature that seamlessly blends and reinterprets their diverse influences such as traditional Chinese craft, philosophy and folklore, Hong Kong wuxia pulp fiction, Japanese manga and otaku subculture, Western popular culture, art and design movements into a singular creative thought that reflects their multi-cultural identity, background and environment.

Labeled “Creators of modern urban mythological tales” (Chinese Contemporary Art News, Taiwan), PHUNK has created a visual universe densely populated by ancient gods and modern creatures, to depict universal tales social satire, humanity morality, rock n’ roll ethos, contemporary culture and PHUNK’s unique witty sense of humor. The concept of ‘universality’ in the age of modern globalization is a constant theme in their works.

They constantly challenge the conventional notion and definition of the ‘artist’ and ‘commercial design studio’ by constantly blurring the boundaries between both, mixing Neo Pop Art ideology with Post-Modernist design sensibilities. Their cross-disciplinary approach is best described as “an aesthetic collective consciousness” focused on experimenting with new approaches to visual expressions. Their expansive scope of projects spans across art, design, publishing, fashion, music, film and interactive.

PHUNK has collaborated and worked with international brands and artists such as Nike, Nokia, MTV, Daimler Chrysler, Herman Miller, Uniqlo, Levi’s and The Rolling Stones. Their works are featured in many international publications and awarded in various design award shows. One of their artworks titled ‘Electricity’ was cited in the book, ‘Graphic Design, A New History’ as “Instances of truly global graphic design”. They were awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ in 2007 by the President’s Design Award, the highest accolade for designers in Singapore.

They have exhibited and lectured extensively around the world. They launched their solo artist exhibition, ‘Universality’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei in 2007. They represented Singapore at the Gwangju Design Biennale 2005 and the London Design Festival 2006. The Singapore History Museum hosted their 10 year retrospective exhibition ‘A Decade of Decadence’ in 2005.

In 2014, PHUNK worked closely with the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum where they were the headline artist and created the branding for the 5th Fukuoka Art Triennale. In 2017, PHUNK was commissioned by Rolls Royce Singapore to produce an artwork to celebrate its 20th anniversary with Singapore Airlines, which showcased PHUNK’s unique tearing technique, a groundbreaking collaboration which combined a gritty art approach with a sleek corporate sensibility.

B.Bike X PHUNK

Customized bicycle design
2009

BMW X PHUNK

Artwork for BMW Jeff Koon's car
2010

Brain Magazine X PHUNK

Cover art
2010

Cappellini X PHUNK

Artwork for Proust Chair
2015

Creative Review X PHUNK

Cover art & feature
2010

Deutsche Bank X PHUNK

Site-specific installation
2013

Gallery LVS X PHUNK

Urban mediapole installation
2011

G-shock X PHUNK

Customized watch design
2010

Harpers Bazaar X PHUNK

Cover art & feature
2014

HBO X PHUNK

Artwork for Game Of Thrones
2014

Hermes X PHUNK

Sculpture with silk bowtie
2009

Hewlett Packard X PHUNK

Artwork for Hewlett Packard Quest
2006

HTC X PHUNK

Artist collaboration series
2014

Keiichi Tanaami X PHUNK

Artist collaboration series
2010

Levis X PHUNK

Artist collaboration series
2008

LTA X PHUNK

Sculpture at Promenade MRT station
2010

MTV X PHUNK

Campaign visuals
2010

Nike X PHUNK

Campaign visuals and 3D animation
2010

OCBC X PHUNK

Credit cards
2011

Pacro X PHUNK

Environmental art and design
2015

Rolls Royce & SIA X PHUNK

Commission artwork for 20th anniversary
2017

STB X PHUNK

Artwork for Singapore Inside-Out
2015

STPI X PHUNK

Artist collaboration series
2008

Tai Ping X PHUNK

Artist collaboration series
2013

Tiger Beer X PHUNK

Artwork for advertisement
2007

The Rolling Stones X PHUNK

Artist collaboration series
2011

Timeout HK X PHUNK

Cover art & feature
2009

Uniqlo X PHUNK

Artist collaboration series
2010

Wanderlust X PHUNK

Hotel rooms art and design
2010

Army of Love

Silkscreen on canvas with diamond dust
100 x 140 cm
2012

Control Chaos

Silkscreen on currogated board
400 x 210 cm
2003

Control Chaos Giant

Arcylic On Canvas
1200 x 630 cm
2009

Cosmic Triptych

Pigment print on paper collage mounted on wood
84 x 356 cm
2015

DayDreamer Triptych II

Silkscreen on canvas with diamond dust
140 x 300 cm
2010

D.I.S.C.O.
(Dreams in Social Cosmic Odyssey)

Site-specific public art installation
Promenade MRT Station, LTA, Singapore (image)
2010

Electricity Neon

Carbon ink transfer on wood panels, animated projection mapping
830 x 300 cm
Diesel Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (image)
2010
Collection of Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Eccentricity

Pigment print on paper origami
500 x 500 x 180 cm
2010
Collection of Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

From The Bottom Of My Pencil Case

Mixed media installation
8Q-Rate : School, 8Q, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (image)
2008

Fuck Art

Giclee print on canvas
118 x 168 cm
2015

Heavenly Boy On Wheels

Sculpture
119 x 110 x 153 cm
2008

Hello

Flatbed printing on multi-ply
150 x 150 cm
2015

Hope, Kiss, Live, Rock

Pigment print on paper, collage on wood
240 x 720 cm, 80 x 60 cm
2017

Lao Fu Zhi

Digital vector
2014

Lei Gong

6" Vinyl figure
2006

ART! (Slippery When Wet, Crush & Buru)

Acrylic on canvas
150 cm diameter
2009

L.O.V.E (Summer)

Silkscreen on canvas with diamond dust
103 x 103 cm
2013

Love Bomb

Sculpture
200 x 90 x 90 cm
2014

Love Supreme

Mixed medium on archival paper
160 x 156 cm
2007

New Dreams Of An Old World

Ink-jet print on paper, ink and acrylic on printed sheet
Fukuoka Art Triennale 2014
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (image)
2014

New World Triptych I

Silkscreen on canvas
Set of 3 canvas
420 x 200 cm
2009

Queer

Giclee print on canvas
59 x 210 cm
Set of 5 canvas
2015

The King Of Dreams

Solid american walnut, polished brass tube with laser etching
210 x 120 x 120 cm
2012

Universality I

Silkscreen on canvas
Set of 10 canvas
457 x 122 cm
2007

Universality II

Silkscreen on canvas
Set of 10 canvas
457 x 122 cm
2007

When The Saints Go Marching In

Acrylic and pigment print on canvas
120 x 210 cm, 100 x 70 cm
2007

Solo Exhibitions

2017
H.O.P.E, ART STAGE, Singapore

H.O.P.E, ART STAGE, Singapore

2016
PHUNK solo, Owen James Gallery, New York

PHUNK solo, Owen James Gallery, New York

2015
A TO Z : For Children of All Ages, Art Seasons, Singapore

A TO Z : For Children of All Ages, Art Seasons, Singapore

2013
Empire of Dreams II, Art Seasons, Singapore

Empire of Dreams II, Art Seasons, Singapore

2012
Empire of Dreams I, Gallery J. Chen, Taipei

Empire of Dreams I, Gallery J. Chen, Taipei

2011
Daydream Nation, Project Stage, ART STAGE, Singapore

Daydream Nation, Project Stage, ART STAGE, Singapore

2010
Welcome to Electricity! Diesel Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to Electricity! Diesel Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2009
Around The World / Across The Universe, Vallery, Barcelona, Spain

Around The World / Across The Universe, Vallery, Barcelona, Spain

New World, Art Seasons, Singapore

2007
Universe I, Art Seasons, Singapore

Universe I, Art Seasons, Singapore

Universality, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2005
Decade of Decadence, Singapore History Museum, Singapore

Decade of Decadence, Singapore History Museum, Singapore

Baroqracy, Pixie Gallery, Taipei

Baroqracy II, Tuami, Ecuador

Split, Nike Spiritroom, Berlin

Split, Nike Spiritroom, Berlin

2004
The Synthetics “Live”, Comme des Garçon Guerrilla Store +65, Singapore

The Synthetics “Live”, Comme des Garçon Guerrilla Store +65, Singapore

Control Chaos IV, OFFF, Valencia

Control Chaos III, Our Spot Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2003

Control Chaos II, :b Gallery, Singapore

Control Chaos, The Reed Space, New York

Group Exhibitions

2018
ART STAGE 'When The Saints Go Marching In' Art Seasons, Singapore

ART STAGE 'When The Saints Go Marching In' Art Seasons, Singapore

2017
The Artling Pop-Up, Art Space at Helutrans, Singapore

The Artling Pop-Up, Art Space at Helutrans, Singapore

AGAS 'Fiction of Precision' Exhibition, Millenia Walk, Singapore

2016
Supermama Porcelain Festival, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

Supermama Porcelain Festival, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

ART STAGE, Art Seasons, Singapore

ART STAGE, Art Seasons, Singapore

2015

Art Central, Hong Kong

P for Proust by PHUNK, Space Furniture, Singapore

P for Proust by PHUNK, Space Furniture, Singapore

Singapore: Inside Out, Beijing, London, New York, Singapore

Singapore: Inside Out, Beijing, London, New York, Singapore

ART STAGE, Art Seasons, Singapore

2014
Fukuoka Art Triennale 2014, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

Fukuoka Art Triennale 2014, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

Modern Love: LASALLE 13th anniversary exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore

Daydreams + Nightmares,The Substation, Singapore

Daydreams + Nightmares,The Substation, Singapore

Art Toliet, Fukuoka Parco, Japan

New Icon: Pop in Asia, Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia

Singapore Pop-Up Show, Art Seasons, Singapore

Korea International Art Fair, Art Seasons, Seoul, Korea

Korea International Art Fair, Art Seasons, Seoul, Korea

ART STAGE, Art Seasons, Singapore

2013

Welcome to the Jungle, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan

Welcome to the Jungle, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan

HBO Game of Thrones Art Exhibition, The Luxe Art Museum, Singapore

HBO Game of Thrones Art Exhibition, The Luxe Art Museum, Singapore

OH! Open House, Marina Bay, Singapore

OH! Open House, Marina Bay, Singapore

Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon

Panos, Lyon, France

ART STAGE, Art Seasons, Singapore

2012
Singapore Show: Future Proof 2012, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Singapore Show: Future Proof 2012, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia, SAM, Singapore

Future Pass – From Asia to the World, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan

The Book Show, Sculpture Square, Singapore

ART STAGE, Art Seasons, Singapore

2011

A Little Light Magic, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

New Pop New World, Element Art Space, Singapore

Future Pass – From Asia to the World, 54th Venice Biennale 2011, Italy

Unshakeable – Aid to Japan, Light Editions Gallery, Singapore

Future Pass – From Asia to the World, Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2010

Design Possible, Kaohsiung Design Festival, Taiwan

Campaign City, Evil Empire, Singapore

Very Fun Park 2010, Taipei Public Art Festival, Taiwan

You West I East, Shenzhen Fine Art Museum, China

Animamix Biennial 2009-10, Metaphors of Un/Real, MoCA Shanghai, China

2009

OH! Open House, Singapore

P.S. I Silk You, Hermes, Singapore

ARTSingapore, Singapore

Self-Portraits, CircleCulture Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Beyond Comfort, Art Seasons, Lakeside Zurich, Switzerland

ArtHK Fair, Hong Kong

Art Fair Tokyo @ TOKIA, Tokyo, Japan

BMW Young Asian Artists Series II: The Singapore Edition, STPI, Singapore

BMW Young Asian Artists Series II: The Singapore Edition, STPI, Singapore

2008

ACAF, New York, USA

No Comply Skateboard Art Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

No Comply Skateboard Art Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

ARTSingapore, Singapore

SHcontemporary, Shanghai, China

New Wave, CCC (Creative Centre of Communications), Shizuoka, Japan

8Q-Rate : School, 8Q, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

8Q-Rate : School, 8Q, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Tokyo.Ten Exhibition. Claska Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo.Ten Exhibition. Claska Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

GDFB (Graphic Design Festival Breda), Netherlands

GDFB (Graphic Design Festival Breda), Netherlands

Power of One Charity exhibition, Hong Kong

Shizuoka Content Valley Festival, CCC, Shizuoka, Japan

2007

Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Animamix Biennale: From Modernity to Eternity, MoCA Shanghai, China

Todays Art Festival, The Hague, Netherlands

Very Fun Park II, Taipei Public Art Festival, Taiwan

Celebrating 50 years of Helvetica, Design Museum, London, U.K

Young Talents, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Massive Territory, Gallery National Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

2006

London Design Festival, London, U.K

Tokyo Designer’s Week,Tokyo, Japan

Nike Sum Of All Parts, Tokyo Designer’s Week, Tokyo

Secret House, HITEC, Hong Kong

“untitled” – Documents Of Street Culture, BBB, Barcelona, Spain, Berlin, Germany

20/20 Singapore Design Movement, London Design Festival, London

2005

Gwangju Design Biennale,Gwangju, Korea

Get it Louder, Shanghai, China

2004

Street Life, Agnes b, Singapore

Place, Museu Valencia de la Il.Ilustracio i La Modernitat, Valencia

Pictoplasma “Characters at War!”, Zentralbuero, Berlin

2002

Fascination, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Made In Singapore, Art Seasons, Singapore

We Love Utopia, Magma Gallery, London, U.K

Joint Exhibitions

2010
:phunkTanaaMIX, Art Seasons, Singapore

:phunkTanaaMIX, Art Seasons, Singapore

Eccentric City: Rise and Fall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore

Public Collection

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
UNEEC Culture and Education Foundation, Taiwan

Public Art

Dreams In Social Cosmic Odyssey, Promenade MRT Station, LTA, Singapore

Dreams In Social Cosmic Odyssey, Promenade MRT Station, LTA, Singapore

Corporate Commission

Rolls Royce for 20th Anniversary with Singapore Airlines

Rolls Royce for 20th Anniversary with Singapore Airlines

Studio:
2 Alexandra Road
07-06 Delta House
Singapore 159919

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