Goh Beng Kwan: Cresting the Waves

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Goh Beng Kwan (b. Indonesia, 1937) began his artistic practice in the mid-1950s when he studied art under the tutelage of Pioneer Artists Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng. He travelled to America to study at the Art Students League of New York for oil painting under Sidney Gross, before leaving representational painting behind for Abstract Expressionism in 1962 and met Leo Manso and Victor Candell during the Provincetown Workshop in Massachusetts in 1964.

Several achievements helped him claimed numerous accolades like the Allen Tucker Scholarship and the Ford Foundation Scholarship (1962); First Prize, UOB Competition (1982); First Prize, Australia Business Council and Australia High Commission Art Award (1984) and Silver medal in the Salon des Artists François (1985) and the Cultural Medallion Award in Commendation (1989).

Goh's artworks are widely collected, such as Singapore Art Museum, Changi Airport, United Overseas Bank, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Westin Hotel and many private collectors. His works are also displayed in public spaces at Conrad Centennial Hotel, May Bank, Punggol MRT/LRT station and the Singapore Turf Club.

In this podcast, we interview 1989 Cultural Medallion Award winner, Mr Goh Beng Kwan, to find out about the inspirations behind his abstract paintings. He gave us an insight on Collage as an art form and the importance of nature.

Generations of Artistic Pursuit at The American Club, Singapore

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Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery is delighted to showcase “Generations of Artistic Pursuit”. This exhibition will present artists from three generations; Lim Tze Peng, Nai Swee Leng, Lim Leong Seng, Terence Teo, Tung Yue Nang, Ling Yang Chang, Zhu Hong, Marvin Chew, Liu Xuan Qi and Danya Yu. As graduates of several prestigious art schools, these artists have strong foundations in their art practices. Whilst a handful has been considered contemporary icons of local art, others are notable emerging talents in Singapore’s art industry. In their artistic explorations, these artists have created their individualistic styles and pushing boundaries of their exploits.

A range of artworks in this showcase will feature artists from second, third to fourth generations of Singaporean artists. They were specially chosen to reflect the best of their individual techniques and flair. From rich and vivid tones depicting scenes of yesteryears, to the delicate yet powerful tones that bring out the subtle moods of cultural landscapes and calligraphy. The showcase also aims to provide a retrospective of these artworks for visitors to widen their artistic knowledge and appreciation of homegrown artistic talents.

Zhu Hong: Street Scene Maverick of Singapore

We are pleased to share that Zhu Hong will be one of our chosen artists to exhibit from the 1st of July to 1st of September 2019 at The American Club, Singapore. The show; “Generations of Artistic Pursuit” will feature a range of artworks in this showcase will feature artists from second, third to fourth generations of Singaporean artists. They were specially chosen to reflect the best of their individual techniques and flair. From rich and vivid tones depicting scenes of yesteryears, to the delicate yet powerful tones that bring out the subtle moods of cultural landscapes and calligraphy. The showcase also aims to provide a retrospective of these artworks for visitors to widen their artistic knowledge and appreciation of homegrown artistic talents.

In his creations, Zhu Hong’s expresses his understanding of, and passion for architecture through the way he captures the essence of a street and its immediate surroundings. To achieve his unique style, Zhu Hong focuses on raw expressions, as opposed to closely following drawn lines.

 

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2019

From 16 to 19 May, we enjoyed another successful fair at the Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong. This time we showcased three Singaporean artists; Terence Teo, Ling Yang Chang and Liu Xuan Qi. We are appreciative of the support we receive from the collectors and buyers in Hong Kong. The city of Hong Kong is as vibrant as before and it always will be a special place with us. We look forward to our next visit and look forward to see all of you in the near future!