Sebastian Mary TAY


Mixed Media


BA Honours (Fine Art - Photography), The Glasgow School of Art, UK
MRes (Master of Research in Creative Practices), The Glasgow School of Art, UK

Sebastian Mary Tay (b. 1989, Singapore) is an interdisciplinary artist who graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with Master of Research in Creative Practices and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fine Art.

In the last five years, Sebastian has participated in various exhibitions in several countries, including China, Malaysia, Singapore and UK. Some of his recent exhibitions include The Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2017, The Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 16, The 118th Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, FUTUREPROOF I and II, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Photomakers of NAFA, Glasgow Aye Open House Festival. Tay’s works showed at The Royal Scottish Academy on seven different occasions, including the yearly The Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibitions and The Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibitions. In 2013, a work from the series An Inquiry into the Marine Condition received The Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award. In 2015, he was awarded The Royal Glasgow Institute New Graduate Prize.

Tay’s postgraduate research focused upon the relations between ideas of Daoism and Chinese landscape ink painting, Heideggerian and Daoist metaphysics, in an attempt to examine the applicability of Heideggerian ontology upon the poetics of Chinese landscape ink painting. He recently wrote an essay surveying the topic of landscape photography in the age of the Anthropocene, and was subsequently published in NOTES, a photography journal based in Scotland.

Tay is a member of Society of Scottish Artists. He lives and works in Singapore.

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