Lot 004

Tan Choon Ghee
b. Penang, 1930 - d. 2010

Untitled, 1990; 1988; 1964

signed and dated (lower right);
signed and dated (lower left);
signed and dated with one seal of the artist (lower right)
watercolour on paper
13 x 17cm; 15 x 17.5cm; 16.5 x 25cm (set of 3)

Private collection, Selangor

ESTIMATE RM 2,000 – 3,500
Treasured Penang artist, Tan Choon Ghee revels in capturing the bustling streets of the island city. On offer here is a familiar sight that still exists in Penang today – makeshift hawker stalls and a cycle rickshaw or ‘beca’. Tan’s illustrations are like a time capsule, transporting the viewers to yesteryears but simultaneously present in time.

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 fulltime artist. He had held numerous one man 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).