Born in 1946 in Malaysia, self-taught painter and sculptor Thang Kiang How’s talent and community service is variously recognised, including: Singapore’s Public Service Medal (1981), Dr Tan Tsze Chor Award (1982), and Special Award, UOB Painting of the Year competition (1985, 1986 and 1987). Exhibiting nationally and internationally, Thang was also President of the Modern Art Society Singapore (1981-93).Throughout the second half of the 1980s Thang, naturally prodigious in his output, worked simultaneously on what would prove to be the first phase for one of the two very large series destined for his 1989 second solo show at Singapore’s National Museum Art Gallery: ‘Flowers in the Mist’ and ‘Galaxies’. What Thang achieved during this period, and what can be observed here in ‘Fancy’, was a pictorial exploration of what he called “happy accidents” in his creation of abstract, imaginary nature scenes and landscapes from acrylics, airbrushing and compressed air.

Artist Name
Thang Kiang How
Date/Period
1987
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Image size: H71 x W71.5 cm (Mount), Image size: 54 x 54 cm
Accession No.
GI-0004
Material
Acrylic on paper
Collection of
National Gallery Singapore
Category
Paintings