ARTIST STATEMENT

Using clay, acrylics and paper, Tan creates rich images of Tenderloin architectural designs that evoke the beauty of the neighborhood along with its unique style and history.

“Beauty in its own way,” he describes, “the kind of aesthetic that many people may not at first recognize. I relate to the diversity and mix of cultures in the neighborhood, as well as the things that exist beyond the surface. It’s the diversity here that allows me to thrive. I imagine that these buildings have eyes - that they've seen many struggles, that they have seen suffering and that they have seen sadness. In my art, I connect with these emotions, but also with the strength and solidarity that have come through and that has allowed people to find beauty and the support of one another.”   

Geometric lines and reflective mirroring allow the viewer to enter these buildings and invites them to see into each building’s history and uniqueness. Tan superimposes photographs of the Tenderloin neighborhood onto clay using lasers to etch a textured 3D image that invites you to feel and connect with these buildings. His work is then developed with many layers of color painted by hand that have been worked and reworked, building upon building, layer upon layer.


A recipient of the Wildflower Institute’s Fellowship Program, Tan has been working with fellow Tenderloin artists and residents to create an artistic community that inspires strength through community support.

DALT HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO, 2016
16 x 12 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
GLIDE MEMORIAL CHURCH, SAN FRANCISCO, 2016
16 X 12 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
FLOOD BUILDING, SAN FRANCISCO, 2016
11 X 14 inches
MAT BOARD
TAN SIRINUMAS
PARC44 SAN FRANCISCO - A HILTON HOTEL 2016
11 X 14 inches
MAT BOARD AND ACRYLIC
TAN SIRINUMAS
BLOOMINGDALE'S, SAN FRANCISCO, 2017
16 X 20 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
WARFIELD, SAN FRANCISCO, 2016
16 x 12 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
GOLDEN GATE THEATER, SAN FRANCISCO, 2017
20 x 16 nches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
SHANNON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, 2017
16 X 12 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
A.C.T.THEATER, SAN FRANCISCO, 2016
12 X 16 inches
Clay, Paper and Oil Paint
TAN SIRINUMAS
HOTEL METROPOLIS, SAN FRANCISCO, 2016
16 x 12 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
PARC55 SAN FRANCISCO - A HILTON HOTEL, 2017
16 X 20 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
A.C.T.THEATER AND FEDERAL BUILDING, SAN FRANCISCO, 2017
18 x 24 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS
LERS ROS, SAN FRANCISCO, 2017
18 X 24 inches
Clay and Acrylic
TAN SIRINUMAS