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Goh Beng Kwan 吴珉权

Goh Beng Kwan (b. 1937) is a pioneering Singaporean modern artist, renowned for his abstract collages that ingeniously blend various materials, including fabric, nails, and paper. Through his art, he delves into compelling themes surrounding cultural representation, urbanism, and identity. Notably, he holds the distinction of being among the first post-war Singaporean artists to pursue an art education in the United States, attending the esteemed Art Students League of New York.

Goh’s artistic journey began during his formative years in Singapore, where he moved with his family at the age of eight after World War II. Under the mentorship of the pioneering Singaporean artist Chen Wen Hsi, Goh received art education at the Chinese High School, with art lessons held at Chen’s home, and participated in art excursions alongside fellow Singapore pioneer artist Cheong Soo Pieng. Studying under these two Nanyang style artists for over nearly a decade, from 1952 onwards, Goh honed his skills, mastering the Western style of representational painting while also developing a profound appreciation for Chinese ink painting and calligraphy.

In his pursuit of further education, Goh embarked on a journey to the United States, attending the Art Students League of New York. During this period, in 1964, he also participated in the Provincetown Workshop in Massachusetts, an experience that marked the beginning of his experimentation with collage painting, using salvaged materials and skillfully infusing Chinese calligraphic strokes into his abstract works.

Returning to Singapore in 1966, Goh held a solo exhibition at the National Library. His innovative use of materials such as nails, tea wrapping, Chinese oracle papers, newspapers, and acupuncture diagrams in his collage-paintings garnered acclaim, introducing fresh and captivating approaches to the local art scene. His artistic prowess earned him the prestigious first prize at the inaugural UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 1982. In 1989, Goh was awarded the Cultural Medallion, an esteemed honor recognizing his significant contributions to Singapore’s visual art landscape.



吴珉权在世界各地办过无数展览,此次的GBK85画展幕后推手是艺术平台ArtAF,创办人正是他的女儿吴薇薇(Hazeleen Goh)。吴薇薇受访时透露,创建平台的初衷是为了更妥善地管理父亲的艺术作品,“经父亲提议后,也希望能通过平台,帮助更多像父亲同辈的老艺术家,通过数码技术将这些老艺术家的作品,以及他们的艰辛经历给展示出来,让新兴一代对艺术感兴趣的人,更便捷、全面的方式了解他们。”


Asia Art Collective is an art advisory and consultancy specialised in Singaporean and Asian modern and contemporary art. Professional art services include providing clients with art advice on artwork purchase and sale, artwork valuation and assessment, art acquisition and collection planning, art sale and brokerage, as well as art commissioning and artwork sourcing. Asia Art Collective seeks to promote a culture of art appreciation and art acquisition and collection for Singapore art, and modern and contemporary Asian art through its diverse and rotating art exhibitions and art appreciation programmes, courses and talks. Enquire with Asia Art Collective for advice and support on your art-collecting journey.

Contact Curator: Iola Liu (92398226)


亚洲艺汇有限公司(Asia Art Collective Pte Ltd )是新加坡专业的艺术品咨询顾问公司,公司的服务是为艺术收藏提供指导,制定策划购买艺术品方向,帮助藏家评估、分析艺术品市场价位、未来的市场走势。在选择艺术品方面,即要帮助藏家找到自己酷爱心怡的作品,同时也把艺术品列为藏家资产扩充的规划中,并且负责跟踪艺术品的买与卖。同时也提供新加坡艺术品量身定制服务

策展人:Iola Liu (92398226)

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