TAN CHOON GHEE
b. Penang, 1930 – d. 2010
KAPITAN KELING MOSQUE, 1992
Signed and dated ‘CHOON GHEE 1992’ (upper right)
Oil on board
55.5cm x 40.5cm
Private Collection, Penang.
ESTIMATE RM 20,000 - 28,000
PRICE REALISED RM 33,600
|Capturing the façade of Kapitan Keling mosque, Tan Choon Ghee displays tranquil scenery of a place of worship in a cool palette of blue and green. Built in the 19th century by Indian Muslim traders in Penang, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is situated on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street). Here, Choon Ghee illustrates the exterior of the mosque with people seen walking in and out. This piece is illustrated in a reductive palette of pastel blues and greens emanating the serenity of the mosque’s architecture.
Tan Choon Ghee graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore in 1951 and went on to study at the Slade School of Art, London graduating in 1959. He received a German government painting scholarship and an Australian government television set design scholarship. He worked for TV Singapore and TV Broadcast Ltd in Hong Kong before deciding to become a full-time artist. Tan was honoured with a retrospective (1957 - 2000) by the Penang State Art Gallery in 2000 and another retrospective (1957-1992) by The Art Gallery, Penang.
Tan Choon Ghee Retrospective (1957-1992), Penang State Art Gallery, 2000.