Sebastian Mary Tay



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Chromatic Solstice #3; Photography/ Powder, pigment, sawdust, ice, fog, lights; 2016

Chromatic Solstice; Installation/ Powder, pigment, sawdust, light bulb; 2016

Dark Room II; Installation/ Performance/ Powder, pigment, sawdust, fog, lights; 2016

Dark Room IV; Installation/ Performance/ Powder, pigment, sawdust, fog, lights; 2019

Time Passing #2; work in progress; 2018 -

Time Passing #4; work in progress; 2018 -


The theme of ‘landscape’ largely forms the core of my practice. My approach to the topic is expressed through the empirical fabrication of landscape sets, which are subsequently articulated in the forms of photography, moving image, sculpture, and installation. None of these constructed landscapes are based on any particular geographical location; they are productions generated from wonderments of the imagination, and therefore, psycho-topographical in nature. The significances of these constructed spaces are framed by my interest in the ontological, phenomenological, psychological, political, and the poetic.


Sebastian is an interdisciplinary artist who graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with Master of Research and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fine Art.

In the last five years, Sebastian participated in various exhibitions in several countries, inclusive of the UK, Lithuania, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. Some of his recent exhibitions include ‘Something Above; Somewhere Beyond’, ‘Nida International Photography Symposium 2018’, ‘The Society of Scottish Artists 121st Annual Exhibition’, ‘The Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2017’, ‘The Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 16’, ‘FUTUREPROOF’ I and II, ‘Pingyao International Photography Festival’, ‘Photomakers of NAFA’, ‘Glasgow Aye Open House Festival’. His works received The Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award and The Royal Glasgow Institute New Graduate Prize.

In recent years, Sebastian has been invited by various organisations and institutions for talks and lectures, and some of these include City of Glasgow College, The Royal Scottish Academy, The University of the West of Scotland, DECK (Singapore), Nanyang Technological University, and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Sebastian lives and works in Singapore. He is currently making new works and preparing for exhibitions in Singapore and the UK.


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