Born in the Chinese year of the dragon, Gloria Keh, 67, grew up with the smell of turpentine. Her late father, the oil painter, Martin Fu, was her first art teacher, and
right from an early age, Gloria was encouraged by her father to make abstract art. To go beyond recognisable art. To venture beyond form and into the formless. Art, said her father, was all about freedom.
Gloria began selling her little artworks when she was a child, to supplement her pocket money. As an adult, she worked as a journalist: Painting could not pay the bills. But art has always been in her blood, and at 42, she began a 10 year study of mandala art and symbolism at the Theosophical Society in Melbourne, Australia. Following this, she completed a short course in art therapy at La Salle Singapore.
In 2008, Gloria founded Circles of Love, a non profit charity outreach programme, using her art in the service to humanity. She strongly believes in giving back to the comumnity and sells all her art 100% for charity, be that charity in Singapore or in any part of the world. A second charity project soon came on line: this was 1000 Smiles, through which coloring books and notebooks carrying her fun designs for children are donated to village schools, orphanages and refugee camps. Gloria abides by an old
proverb that states "the hand of the giver is never empty."
Gloria has exhibited in over 50 exhibitions, both in Singapore, as well as
internationally. Her first overseas solo was held in 2018 at the Gallery Steiner, in Vienna, Austria.
She has participated in Art Expo New York, Art San Diego, several biennales in Italy, at Contemporary London, Art Shanghai, and Affordable Art Fairs in Singapore and Hong Kong. Her works have been acquired by private collectors across the globe, with three works forming part of the Haegeumgang Theme Museum's collection in South Korea. In September 2019, one of her very large works was installed at the Singapore Science Park. She has received 11 international art awards, with the next presentation being the Top 60 Masters award by ATIM (Art Tour International Magazine of New York).
Gloria has self-published several art and poetry books, and in 2018, Amsterdam Whitney Fine Art Gallery New York, published a book on her art, named The Artistic Visions of Gloria Keh. She also facilitates workshops on art journaling and mandala.