B. Malacca, 1937 – 2011
Fishing Village, 1961
Signed and dated “Jehan Chan, 61” on lower right
Chinese ink and watercolour on paper
36.5 x 9.5 cm
Private Collection, Singapore
RM 5,500 – 9,500
Jehan Chan was born in 1937 in Melaka. He was an outstanding watercolourist and was known for it. The composition of this work provides an expansive view of the fishing village. Viewers are treated to an immense sense of appreciation of Malaysia’s local culture and the subtlety of the work that lets you appreciate it for a longer period. There can’t be a better artist to showcase the wonders of Malacca than Jehan Chan who has lived there his entire life. Jehan Chan had found his trademark style when he first fused rice-paper into his watercolours of landscapes and the Malacca River, and then bigger slabs to simulate lotus leaves in his hugely popular acrylic paintings of koi (Japanese carps). He reflected the best of his tutelage in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA, Singapore), under the personal supervision of the great Cheong Soo Pieng.