Artist: Goh Beng Kwan, (b.1937, Indonesia)
Title: The Dune
Medium: Mixed Media and Collage on Wood Panel
Size (cm): 157.5 x 128.5 cm
The Dune alludes to a special moment in the artist’s life when he was a student in the US under the mentorship of collage master Leo Manso. Mr Goh lived in Provincetown, Massachusetts – famous for its windswept sand dunes and beaches which have been captured in The Dune. The work also asserts its Asian identity through Chinese ink brush work.
Mr Goh, a Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient in 1989, was mentored by late pioneer artist Mr Chen Wen Hsi before his overseas art studies at the Art Students League, New York in 1962 and the Provincetown Workshop, Massachusetts in 1964. The Ford Foundation Scholarship was among the numerous accolades he received for his work. He was among a select group of artists returning from overseas studies who advocated abstraction and among the first to incorporate materials such as sand and rope into his collage paintings.