Epilogue – BrewWorks

Published on 26 June 2017

By PAMELA HO

Nanyang coffee cup — so iconic in Singapore’s kopitiams — takes on a new aura when painted as still life using techniques of traditional oil painting. This is the work of Singaporean artist Alvin Mark Tan. A graphic design graduate from Woodbury University in California, Tan spent three years studying traditional oil painting in Florence, Italy, and employs these techniques to paint everyday Singapore scenes.

“It was during my last few months living in Florence that the idea for this sketchbook was seeded,” reveals Tan, referring to La Kopi, a charming book featuring his ink-sketched illustrations and artworks painted with not only oil and watercolours, but with coffee itself! “At first, I thought it’d be a simple illustrated book about Singapore cafés, but as I realised how much I didn’t know about coffee, this idea to also include little coffee facts began to brew!”

Credit: Alvin Mark Tan

La Kopi is available at BooksActually and retails at $29. For more on Tan’s work, visit www.alvinmark.com, or find him on Instagram at
@alvinmark (oil) and @alfdoodles (ink/watercolour).

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