Lot 15 | Auction XVIII

LOT 15


B. Penang, 1930 – 2010

Penang Street Scene, 1990

Signed and dated “CHOON GHEE 1990” on lower left

Watercolour on paper
16 x 19 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 800 – RM 1,800


Tan Choon Ghee has always been inspired by and passionate about the streets that surround our everyday life – the buildings, the shops, trishaws and the like.

Infusing the British watercolour approach with the Chinese classical paintings’ calligraphic brushstrokes, Tan Choon Ghee’s resulting artpieces are well-regarded, coveted and imitated by many. Adorned with striking and lovely colours that showcase the intricacy of the architecture and its vibrancy, the faint mist-like glow to it gives the entire composition a nostalgic ambiance.

Tan Choon Ghee was considered one of the most established Malaysian artist. He obtained his training in art from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1951, before continuing to his studies at the Slade School of Art in the United Kingdom in 1958, where he was awarded scholarships from the West Germany Government and Australian Broadcasting Commission.