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Tan Kah Wah

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Tan Kah Wah

Born: 1945

Hometown: Singapore

Lives and Works: 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 70’s, he self-taught himself in oil and painted leisurely out of interest in colors and through the inspiration of the many impressionistic-style art works 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, watercolor pencils have been mixed together as a 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.

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pale moon over the wetlands II by Tan Kah Wah
Artwork

pale moon over the wetlands II

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

US$ 2,800

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pale moon over the wetlands by Tan Kah Wah
Artwork

pale moon over the wetlands

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

US$ 2,300

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forest fire III by Tan Kah Wah
Artwork

forest fire III

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

US$ 2,500

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the storm within by Tan Kah Wah
Artwork

the storm within

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Painting

US$ 3,500

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I am where I should be... by Tan Kah Wah
Artwork

I am where I should be...

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Painting

US$ 2,700

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Silent thunder by Tan Kah Wah
Artwork

Silent thunder

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Painting

US$ 3,200

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3 trees by Tan Kah Wah
Artwork

3 trees

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

Mixed Media

US$ 1,400

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Where is Truth ? by Tan Kah Wah
Artwork

Where is Truth ?

Tan Kah Wah, Singapore

New Media

US$ 1,200


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

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