TAN CHOON GHEE
b. Penang, 1930 - d. 2010
MASJID KAPITAN KELING, 1993
Signed and dated 'CHOON GHEE 1993' (lower left)
Watercolour on paper
28cm x 29.5cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 4,000 - 6,000
PRICE REALISED RM 7,280
Built in the 19th century by Indian Muslim traders in Penang, the Masjid Kapitan Keling is situated at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street). Here, Tan Choon Ghee illustrates the exterior of the mosque with worshippers seen leaving the mosque perhaps after prayers. Executed in hallmark Tan Choon Ghee brush stroke, this piece is illustrated in muted grey depicting the shaded area where the crowd of people are positioned and the exterior of the mosque in white and bright orange and brown.
Tan Choon Ghee completed his secondary education from Chung Ling high school in 1948 and graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore in 1951. He then attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1957 to 1959. He had received a German government painting scholarship and an Australian government television set design scholarship. He had worked for TV Singapore and TV Broadcast Ltd in Hong Kong prior to becoming a full-time artist. He had held numerous oneman shows with his first in 1956 at the Hooi Ann Association, Penang followed by in 1958, 1962 and 1963 organised by the British Council, Penang; National Library in Singapore (1962 and 1970); Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur (1983 and 1993) among others. Tan had also been honoured with two retrospective exhibitions in 1996 and 2000; a tribute show in Kuala Lumpur (2009) and a recent posthumous solo exhibition titled A Lifetime of Drawings showcasing his sketchbooks and paper works at the Penang State Art Gallery (2014).
Tan Choon Ghee Retrospective (1957-1992) , Penang State Art Gallery, 2000.