CHANG FEE MING
b. Terengganu, 1959
AN ASTRONAUT’S DREAM VII, 2009
Inscribed ‘A.P II’ (lower left)
Signed ‘F.M.CHANG’ (lower right)
Etching, aquatint, spit bite and STPI handmade paper;
artist proof II
60cm x 76cm
Private Collection, Penang.
Chang Fee Ming: Imprinted Thoughts, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, 2009; illustrated on exhibition catalogue page 34.
ESTIMATE RM 12,000 - 18,000
|An Astronaut’s Dream VII was conceived when Chang Fee Ming was selected to participate in an artist project at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, resulting in a solo exhibition titled Imprinted Thoughts in 2009. He worked with Chief Printmaker Eitaro Ogawa and his team to produce a series of refreshing works that incorporate printmaking techniques and watercolour.
An elderly fisherman friend of the artist is depicted in an elaborately-patterned short sleeved shirt, his buttons undone with a semutar headdress, arms stretched out like as though about to take flight, head tilted upwards and eyes closed – imagining himself in space – as implied by the image of the earth in the background. The idea of portraying this image was derived from the momentous event in 2007 when Malaysia’s first astronaut was sent into space. Two artist’s proofs were made of this image and created with an aquatint background, etched on handmade paper by Master Papermaker Richard Hungerford.
Chang Fee Ming is an accomplished watercolour painter known for his unique renditions and interpretations of peoples, traditional societies and their cultures and the often exotic, remote places he visited in Indonesia, Nepal, Africa, the Indo-Chinese communities along the Mekong right up to its source in Tibet. Since his first foray to Bali in 1985, he has etched his place in Indonesian art history, especially in Bali. His array of awards include the Malaysian Watercolour Society Award (1984 and 1985), the Sime Darby Art Asia Gold Award (1985) and the PNB Malaysian Art Award (1985). He also won the Minor Awards in the Young Contemporary Artists competition in 1986 and 1987. He won Distinction Awards in the Rockport Publishers USA in 1997 and the Dom Perignon Portrait of A Perfectionist Award (Malaysia) in 1999. He was a co-winner (Malaysia) of the Winsor & Newton World Millennium Painting Competition in 1999.