Lot 009

b. Penang, 1965


Signed and dated
‘C.H.ONG 2009’ (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
37cm x 56cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

*PINKGUY Conservation Framing for this Lot.

ESTIMATE RM 1,200 - 2,000
Ong Choon Hoo is a professional watercolourist who has been painting since 1983. He keeps to two main subjects in his paintings: namely riverside boats in fishing villages, and old towns, like this one, where a freight train has made a short stop. 

Choon Hoo won the Gold Medal in the Imaginative Art competition organised by the Penang Normal Chinese Senior Teachers Association in 1983 and the Minor Painting Award in the Penang Pesta Young Talent competition in 1994. Apart from his hometown in Bukit Mertajam in Penang, he travels to Kelantan (Kemamam), Perak (Ipoh, like the pottery factory), Selangor (Pulau Ketam) and Malacca to paint. He was among the artists who painted the Kampung Buah Pala settlement before the houses were torn down in September 2009 and the Artists for Heritage: New Views of Old Penang at Intec College to mark the Unesco Conference-Workshop in 1999. Choon Hoo has had solos at the Galeri Seri Mutiara, Penang (Survival Of Old Traditions, 2012) and PINKGUY gallery, Kuala Lumpur (Lancar, 2017). His art has been exhibited in numerous international group shows in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.