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Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah

Born: 1945

Hometown: Singapore

Based in: Singapore

Kah Wah was born in Singapore and was in a corporate human resource career before becoming a self-taught commercial photographer in 1990 and is still in commercial practice today. From the ’70s, he self-taught himself in oil and painted leisurely out of interest in colours and through the inspiration of the many impressionistic-style artworks he saw in books and museums.

He sees painting as an extension of the creativity found in photography.

Not being schooled in any way in art, he paints intuitively….covering spaces, putting in marks and letting the painting emerge itself over time. Increasingly, oil has ceased to be the main medium and both oil/chalk pastels, Chinese ink, watercolour pencils have been mixed together as an experimental process to accommodate the Eastern techniques of calligraphic painting.

Not being able to be a realistic painter, he has to use raw and rough techniques to bring out his images.


59 works for sale

A knotty mirage

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

$ 3,200

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Blue Jay by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Ink

$ 1,800

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Northside by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Ink

$ 2,950

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East side of the mountain by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Ink

$ 2,000

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will-o-wisps by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Ink

$ 2,800

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setting sun by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

$ 1,800

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Myraid waterfalls by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

$ 2,500

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Sundown by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

$ 3,500

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Faded bouquet by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

$ 2,500

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Gnarled ancient trees by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

$ 238

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Sunlight through the trees by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

$ 238

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Fallen trees by Tan Kah Wah

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

$ 288

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More About Tan Kah Wah

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What inspires you?

colors and patterns and the works of other artists, the inside of me

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Describe your creative process.

look, awakened by the look.....translate look into own original

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

broad strokes, impressions, colorful

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

both western and eastern artists all over the world

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

ink currently

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

just paint from the inside and let your instincts direct you

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Where do you go for inspiration?

books, galleries, online


Collections featuring Tan Kah Wah

2 Collections

Floral Art Collection

42 Artists, 63 Products

Last Updated Nov 18, 2021

Nighttime Artworks

27 Artists, 38 Products

Last Updated Jan 18, 2021

Nighttime Artworks

27 Artists, 38 Products

Last Updated Jan 18, 2021

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