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.