This ensemble, like most in this body of works, follows the story arc of Iceman (Bobby Drake). In this recollection of the X-Men comic page, Bobby opens up about his childhood and his father’s constant disapproval – in this particular scene, a young Bobby is seen building sandcastles at the beach when his father remarked “I think it’s a skill that’ll hardly serve you well in life”. This panel also carries a large ‘X’ disfiguring the primary layers underneath, the motif is repeated in this series of paintings which speaks to the heavy references of each work. It is after this comic scene when Bobby Drake evolved into Iceman, fully tapping into his mutant powers and built an elaborate yet haunting castle of ice.
Ian Tee (b. 1994, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2018. His practice is an exploration of youth, in relation to the themes of rebellion, vulnerability and identity. Conflating the history of painting with the energy of subcultures, he is interested in how aesthetic narratives can be reworked and recontextualised. His work manifests in a variety of media — destroyed metal paintings, bleached and dyed textiles, and collage.
He was a recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi scholarship and winner of the 2017 Cliftons Art Prize for Singapore. In 2019, Tee presented his first solo exhibition with Yavuz Gallery titled SWEET DREAMS.
Acrylic, target papers, comic strips, bandana, reflective tape and collage on destroyed aluminium composite panel
120 x 90 cm