FOO CHEE SAN
B. China, 1928 – 2019
Malayan Landscape, Undated
Inscribed and signed with seal of the artist on lower left
Chinese ink on paper
50 x 44.5 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Singapore
RM 2,000 – RM 5,000
Foo Chee San was born in 1928 in Hainan, China. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore Teachers’ Training College and obtained the Art and Craft Certificate from the Industrial Art Institute (Tokyo, Japan) and Diploma in Art Education (MC) from the University of Tsukuba (Japan).
Although Foo Chee San has made many works in oil, woodblock print and lacquer art over the decades, it is in his bounty of Chinese ink paintings that one can perceive his commitment to his art and the simple life. Depicting a style of serenity and elegance, this painting captures a moment in time in Malaya, with nostalgic details such as wooden houses and a woman carrying goods in a basket placed above her head.