Lot 006

b. Penang, 1930 - d. 2010


Signed and dated
‘CHOON GHEE 1987’ (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
13cm x 55cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE RM 1,500 - 2,800
This piece by Penang’s legendary watercolourist Tan Choon Ghee utilizes contrast to wonderful effect; his figures standing out. We see members of the community gathering after a long day, some resting, some chitchatting.

Choon Ghee was trained at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore, graduating in 1951, and continued his studies at the Slade School of Art in London, graduating in 1969. After receiving a German Government painting scholarship and an Australian Government TV set design scholarship, he worked for TV Singapore and TV Broadcasting Ltd in Hong Kong. But he gave up a cushy job to go full time into painting at the end of 1967, and never looked back. He was given a retrospective by The Art Gallery Penang in 1992, and a grander one chronicling his works from 1957 to 2000 by the Penang State Art Gallery in 2000.