Lot 72

b. Kuala Lumpur, 1977


Signed and dated 'Gan Chin Lee 2012' (lower centre)
Oil on plywood
60.5cm x 30cm

Private Collection, Pahang.

ESTIMATE  RM 1,500 - 2,000


Graduating with a Master of Fine Art from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2008 and a Diploma in Illustration from the One Academy of Communication Design in 1998, Gan Chin Lee is a figurative artist who is known to have excellent craftsmanship and follows a time consuming process of creating images by first hand sketching in his studio. Experimentation with perspective and composition are a few of Chin Lee’s tools for creating thought provoking works which are remarkable for their depth and relevance, reflecting contemporary Malaysian society today. It has been written that “his highly skilled painterly style of de-saturated colours and disciplined technique capture ethos and pathos. His personal take and observations within local settings are sublimations, “at best I feel that they carry in them a kind of beauty of the melancholic.”

Gan Chin Lee’s solo exhibitions include Fragment Defragmentation at Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur (2010) and Soliloquy at Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2011). He has also exhibited widely in Malaysia, China and Taiwan with group exhibitions in 2010 such as Tempo at Starhill Gallery, Art Triangle: The Gray Zone Project at National Art Gallery Malaysia and The Energy Trap at Valentine Willie Fine Art. In 2009, Chin Lee exhibited at the 14th Da Dun Fine Arts Exhibition in Tai Chung City, Taiwan and gained an Honourable Mention Award for his work in this show. While at the One Academy of Communication Design, Chin Lee won the Top Ten Award in 1998 and later in his career he was winner of the 2009 Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) and a finalist in the 2010 Starhill Gallery Visual Artist Award. His works can be seen in publications such as Gold Mountain Blues published by Zhang Ling and Oil Painting Course: The First Studio published by Yue Wen Yi in Beijing. He is now leading the newly established Fine Art department at his alma mater.


Being Human: Figuratism of 16 Malaysian Artists , The F Klub, 2015.