Singapore-based designer and artist Theseus Chan (b. 1961) works with fine art, materials, printing and processing techniques. His work includes all kinds of papers and boards – from the cheapest, even discarded materials to the most expensive and luxurious – which he combines with inventive printing techniques ranging from offset and screen printing to lithography and acrylic inkjet. His attitude is “no material is off limits; no technique is impossible.” In his home country of Singapore, he is considered the godfather of graphic design. His influence on a new generation of designers is vital to his country’s new creative ambitions.
Chan is best known worldwide for his self-published magazine “Werk”, a graphic masterpiece in which each copy is often designed with his own hands.
It deals in depth with improvisation in book design. Acting and reacting, calibrating and recalibrating, in that moment, to the environment and circumstances. This publication series, exemplified in the Kunsthaus, has gained international attention and recognition for experimental publication design since 2000.