Lot 070

b. Terengganu, 1959


Signed 'F. M. Chang' (upper left);
inscribed 'THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN ' (lower left);
inscribed again on reverse
Watercolour on paper
56cm x 76cm

Collection of Agung Raka Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

ESTIMATE  RM 60,000 - 80,000


True art inspires artists, but meeting “art alive” may change a man. This is what happened to Chang Fee Ming in Bali. Seeing Lee Man Fong’s beautiful images of the island, he decided that he too had to visit Bali. At first, when he arrived in 1985 in the village of Ubud, he received the shock of the sights. The vegetation, all nuances of emerald and jade strewn within white and red blossoms, the arranged garden around the temples and houses… Suddenly, the scenery was shrouded in heavy curtains of rain. Dogs barked mournfully. Then the rains stopped and the beauty was given back. “I almost went crazy,” said Fee Ming. “I painted everyday.” - Christine Rohani Longuet, The Visible Trail of CHANG FEE MING – Asia in Watercolour

At first, Chang Fee Ming painted the life of the Malay villagers amongst whom he lived. Although his paintings of colourful batik sarongs hanging in the wind soon brought him early fame, he went away exploring the whole Asia, looking for new challenges. Since then, Fee Ming has never stopped growing. He now ranks among the finest of Asia’s watercolour artists. Fee Ming is today undoubtedly the most successful and dearly priced watercolourist in Southeast Asia. His works are in the collections of international private collectors and museums.