Lot 74 | Auction XXXII


LOT 74


B.Penang, 1930 -2010

London, 1981

Signed and inscribed in Chinese “London 1981” with seal on lower right

Watercolour and chinese ink on paper

67 x 45 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 5,000 – RM 9,000

Watercolourist, Tan Choon Ghee, captures in his spectacular fashion, the atmosphere and the goings on of the bustling streets of London in 1981. He captures the buildings, the shops, landscapes and tiny, miniscule details.

By infusing the Chinese classical paintings’ calligraphic brushstrokes and the British watercolour approach, Tan Choon Ghee creates pieces that are ethereal, desirable and unmitigated in its exquisiteness. With gentle brushstrokes and the way, the ink blends into the white background gives it that faint, misty glow that provides his pieces with an air of nostalgia.

Tan Choon Ghee was considered one of the most established Malaysian artist. He obtained his training in art from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1951, before continuing to his studies at the Slade School of Art in the United Kingdom in 1958, where he was awarded scholarships from the West Germany Government and Australian Broadcasting Commission.