TAN CHOON GHEE
(B. Penang, 1930-2010)
Fishing Boats, 1978
Signed and dated in Chinese with seal on lower left
Ink and watercolour on paper
43 x 51.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
AVAILABLE – RM 7,500 – RM 12,500
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.