Thang Kiang How

b. 1946


Thang Kiang How | 唐近豪 (b. 1946, Malaysia) is an abstract artist whose technique combines acrylic and airbrush painting. He draws inspiration from looking at the galaxies at night.

Thang did not receive formal training in art. He graduated with a diploma in community and youth work from the National Youth Leadership Training Institute in 1968 and became a businessman and community leader. In 1976, Thang started to explore art by experimenting in batik and acrylic. He entered full-time art practice in 1987 when his business became stable. In addition to his practice, Thang was also active in the art community, serving as president and vice-president of the Modern Art Society Singapore (1982 to 1993, and 1994 to 1996, respectively), vice-president of the Federation of Art Societies Singapore (1990 to 1996). He sat on the National Arts Council’s Arts Advisory and Visual Arts Resources panels (1984 to 1989, and 1993 to 1996, respectively).

Thang’s accolades include prizes for the IBM Art Award, Singapore (1988 and 1989), UOB Painting of the Year (1982 to 1987), the Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award from the Singapore Art Society (1982) and the Public Service Medal (1981). He has shown widely in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and France, totaling more than 12 solo and 100 group exhibitions. His solo exhibitions have included presentations at the National Museum Art Gallery (1987 and 1989).

Thang’s works have been widely collected by corporate and government agencies including Singtel and the Singapore Art Museum.