Poh Siew Wah (1948 - )
Poh Siew Wah is a versatile artist and an art teacher who dedicated his career to nurturing students and cultivating their interests in art. Born in 1948, Poh grew up learning to draw and paint from his father, who was a commercial artist. He later attended Gan Eng Seng Secondary School and studied art under S. Namasivayam and Yeong Ah Soo, both of whom were very supportive and encouraged him to experiment with different media and techniques. In 1967, Poh enrolled in the Teacher’s Training College studying Art Education. Following his graduation, Poh taught at various government schools, marking the beginning of his three-decade career as an art educator until his retirement in 1999.
Poh actively participates in art events, exhibiting his works in numerous group exhibitions such as the 1988 Asian Watercolours 88 exhibition in Osaka, Japan and the Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Tainan City organised by the Taiwan Department of Cultural Affairs in 2016 and he has held 10 solo exhibitions to date. His exceptional works are also highly commended and he has obtained several awards over the years including the prestigious Tan Tze Chor Art Award by the Singapore Art Society both in 1987 and 2010. His works are highly sought after and are in several private and public collections. One if his commissioned works is displayed at Farrer Park MRT in Singapore.