CHONG HON FATT, DATUK
B. Penang, 1941
Signed and dated “Hong 99” on lower middle
Oil on canvas
37 x 29 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
The Penang born artist is a much respected and accomplished impressionist artist, well known for the many oil paintings inspired by local sights, from cityscapes to landscapes and country scenes. So, it is not unusual that KLCC would become one of his painting subjects. Produced in 1999, this painting perfectly captures a moment of the less developed, vintage days of the city centre.
Chong is heavily involved in shaping the local art scene, having founded the Penang Watercolour Society in 1985 along other members. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Chung Ling Art Society in 1959-60. He also served under various capacities with the Penang Art Society, Japan Modern Art Association and Art Group Penang. Chong’s artwork is now in the public collection of numerous bodies and individuals including the National Art Gallery, Prime Minister’s Office, HRH The Sultan of Kedah, Prince of Songkhla University, to name some.