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Resources > Collections > Artist Terence Tan Chee Wah 陈智华

Terence Tan Chee Wah (1969 - ) 

Terence Tan Chee Wah was born in 1969. He attended Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), graduating with a Diploma in Fine Art in 1990 and obtained his Bachelor of Art (Design) Major in Multimedia from Curtin University of Technology, Australia, in 1997. Tan later completed his Master of Arts (Electronic Arts) at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom in 2004. Knowledgeable in traditional and digital art mediums, Tan is Adjunct Lecturer with NAFA’s Fine Art Programme, where he shares his passion for art by teaching. He is also a member of the Modern Art Society Singapore, an organisation founded by seven eminent artists in 1963 to promote the reinterpretation of modern art in Singapore.

Tan’s art style is refreshing and unique. His medium of choice is often Chinese ink, which he picked up from his mentor, acclaimed artist Tan Oe Pang. While he remains rooted in the principles of Chinese art and, similarly to traditional Chinese ink painters, derives his inspiration from nature, Tan’s oeuvre explores larger concepts of human-nature relationships within urbanisation processes. Tan is the recipient of several awards, including the UOB Highly Commended Award for the UOB Painting of the Year competition in 1998, 2000 and 2008.