President Halimah Yacob inaugurates solo exhibit of Cultural Medallion winner, artist Goh Beng Kwan

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“My heartiest congratulations to Mr Goh on the opening of #GBK85. I hope that your exhibition will encourage many Singaporeans and produce communities collectively,” wrote President Halimah Yacob on Thursday (Could 19).

Mdm Halimah was the visitor of honour on the landmark solo exhibition #GBK85 of pioneer-generation artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Goh Beng Kwan. Along with different dignitaries, the President lower the ribbon throughout the ceremony held on the grand foyer of Conrad Centennial Singapore.

Official opening of the #GBK85 exhibition on Could 19, 2022. From left to proper: Mr. Mike Williamson, Basic Supervisor, Conrad Centennial Singapore, Ms. Alexandra Murray, Space Vice President, Head of South East Asia, Hilton, Mr. Kwee Liong Seen, Director, Pontiac Land Group, President Halimah Yacob, Mr. Goh Beng Kwan, and Dr. Ong Say How, Board Member, Singapore Affiliation for Psychological Well being. Picture courtesy of ArtAF / Caroline Chia.

Mr Goh, now 85, is an inspiration in addition to a residing legend for a lot of youthful artists in Singapore. Artwork has been his lifelong ardour.

Within the Nineteen Fifties, he was taught by first-generation senior artist Chen Wen Hsi at Hwa Chong Excessive College. He by no means gave up on his goals of being an artist, despite the fact that he failed the ultimate examination of his Artwork class.

Mr Goh studied on the Arts College students League of New York from 1962 to 1966, holding his first solo exhibition on the Ruth Sherman Gallery in that metropolis in 1965.

Whereas he discovered success in New York, he however got here again to Singapore to care for his ageing mother and father.

In 1982, his work “The Dune” gained the primary UOB Portray of the Yr, and the artist acquired the Cultural Medallion in 1989.

#GBK85 spans the decades-long profession of the artist, that includes 80 of his works together with new Augmented Actuality (AR) works viewable by the ArtAF app.

The exhibit runs from Could 20 to Could 29. Tickets can be found by Eventbrite, with a portion of every ticket to be donated to the Singapore Affiliation for Psychological Well being (SAMH).

Mdm Halimah stated that the artist’s “lifetime of inventive achievement… has made our nation proud and impressed generations. Artwork enriches every of us in several methods. It could actually create a way of marvel, problem perceptions and assumptions, or present enjoyment. Artwork brings communities collectively, uplifting our spirits and giving tangible expression to our heritage, values, and identification.” 

“I consider artwork is supposed to be shared, and I thank Madam President and the Nationwide Arts Council for the help they’ve proven through the years,” stated Mr Goh, who added that “As society turns an increasing number of in direction of know-how, so does artwork. I’m excited to maintain my follow present by know-how, notably AR and NFT, and thought collaborations with the rising era of Singapore artists.”

In a Fb submit on Thursday, Mdm Halimah referred to as Mr Goh, “a famend Singapore pioneer artist who has devoted his life to creating artwork, Mr Goh is an inspiration to many younger artists in Singapore…”

“… #GBK85 showcases 85 of Mr Goh’s works, marking a milestone for the 85-year-old Cultural Medallion winner.” /TISG

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