CHOONG KAM KOW, DR
(B. Perak, 1934)
Village Scene, 2005
Signed and dated “CHOONG KAM KOW 05”
on lower right
Chinese ink and colour on paper
45 x 60 cm
Private Collection, Singapore
AVAILABLE – RM 7,000 – RM 10,000
“As an artist who prefers to work by series, his signature style is that of a fusion of East and West, expanding his visual vocabulary and expressing his own range of aesthetic messages through his art.” Choong as an artist has been exposed to, and influenced by, the Abstract Expressionism,Pop Art, Hardedge, Conceptualism and international art movements duing his stay in New York in the 1960s and early 80’s. Dr Choong believes that change is a process which involves elements of culture, philosophy, nature and social environment. As a result, he adopts an innovative approach to produce the best visual effects in his works.
He obtained his BA in Fine Art from the National Taiwan Normal University in 1961 and Master in Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, N.Y. USA in 1968. In 1965, He received a Fulbright Grant to study modern art in USA and another Fulbright-ACLS Fellowship in 1980 for research in contemporary art. In 2006, he was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts by the Robert Gordon University, Scotland for his achievements in fine art and contribution in art and design education. In addition to the prestigious Fulbright Hays Awards, Choong has also won many prizes in art competitions including 1st prize (Drawing) & 2nd prize (water colour) in Virginia Art Show, 2nd prize (Landscape) in PNB Art Competition and 3rd prize in Association of Bank Art Competition etc. He is currently the Chairman of Federation of Asian Artists Malaysia Committee. He has served as a member of the National Art Gallery Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2009 and as a member of the Acquisition Committee from 2002 to 2006.