Lot 065

b. Penang, 1930 - d. 2010 


Signed and dated 'CHOON GHEE 1990' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
30cm x 40cm

Private Collection, Penang.

ESTIMATE  RM 10,000 - 16,000

A bustling seascape of cargo and fishing boats close to a harbour is depicted in an Impressionist style. Using a combination of cool and warm palette, Tan Choon Ghee applies his trademark short brushstrokes to create ripples and shadows on the sea and layers of white and pastel blue in the sky to suggest a fine weather. A cloud of smoke emitted by a faraway ship is seen from a distance.

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 full-time artist. He had held numerous oneman 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).

REFERENCE Tan Choon Ghee Retrospective (1957-1992), Penang State Art Gallery, 2000.