Lot 17 | Auction XVI

LOT 17

(B. Penang, 1930-2010)

Untitled, 1982

Signed and inscribed in Chinese with seal on lower right
Chinese ink and watercolour on paper
44 x 67 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 7,950

While Tan Choon Ghee was well known for his beautiful illustrations of Penang streetscapes (Penangite art collectors insist that his works are a must-have), another fascination of his was ships, junks and boats.

This interest in sea vessels sprouted from his student days in England. He frequently travelled via cargo vessels throughout Europe, and he sketched whatever that caught his eye then. His subjects were often boats, ships and the sea, and that fascination has translated onto his art pieces, giving them a revered, nostalgic glow.