Lot 012

Jehan Chan
b. Melaka, 1937 - d. 2011

Untitled, 1988

signed and dated ‘Jehan Chan 88’
with one seal of the artist (lower left)
ink and colour on rice paper
55 x 77cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE RM 6,000 – 10,000

Jehan Chan had found his trademark style when he first fused rice-paper into his watercolours of landscapes and the Malacca River, and then bigger slabs to simulate lotus leaves in his hugely popular acrylic paintings of koi (Japanese carps). A brilliant watercolourist, he reflected the best of his tutelage in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA, Singapore), under the personal supervision of the great Cheong Soo-pieng. His other early mentors were his father, Chan Wee Sim, and Chung Chen Sun, the founder of the Malaysian Institute of Art – both excelling in Chinese brush paintings.

Born Chan Yee Hing, Jehan was given his first two solos at the Samat Art Gallery, in 1968 and 1970, by the most fastidious Frank Sullivan. In 1991, he had another solo at The Art Gallery Penang before he held his solos everyday at his host of galleries in Malacca. His early promise can be seen in his 1st Prize (D Category) award in the prestigious Salon Malaysia in 1969. He was also given Certificate of Merit in the Joy of Living competition in Kuala Lumpur in 1964, and the 1961 Contemporary Art Exhibition in India.