Jackson Tan

Creative Director and Co-Founder
BLACK and PHUNK

Jackson Tan is a Singaporean artist, designer and curator, born in 1974. He is the creative director of BLACK, a multi-disciplinary creative studio (2002 – present) and founding partner of PHUNK, a contemporary art collective (1994 – present). He has collaborated and worked with brands and organizations such as Nike, MTV, Asian Civilisations Museum, DesignSingapore, Herman Miller, UNIQLO, Levi’s and Tiger Beer. Some of his notable projects include the brand identity design of SG50, to celebrate Singapore’s golden jubilee and the experience design of the Peranakan Museum. He is the creator of Art-Zoo. In 2013, BLACK was commissioned by Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City to curate and design ‘CREATIVE©ITIES’, an exhibition that maps creativity in Asia-Pacific’s cities today. BLACK was awarded ‘Design: Best of Category’ and ‘Independent Agency of the Year’ at the Gong Show 2014. PHUNK’s artworks are featured in numerous biennale, museum and gallery exhibitions internationally, including MOCA Taipei, the Animamix Biennale, Design Museum (London), Gwangju Design Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Venice Biennale and the Fukuoka Art Triennale. PHUNK has also collaborated with artists like The Rolling Stones and pop artist Keiichi Tanaami. He was awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ in 2007 by the President’s Design Award, the highest accolade for designers in Singapore.

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