Tan Choh Tee

Majestic Mangosteens
Oil on Canvas, 36 x 46 cm

USD 5,800 – 8,200

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About the artist

Born in 1942, in Guangdong, China, and later moving to Singapore in 1953 at the age of 12, Tan Choh Tee is one of Singapore’s most prominent second-generation artists, renowned for his Impressionist style of painting. Named as the “Matisse of the East” by Tatler (Singapore) magazine for his choice of style, the artist most often paints Singapore landscapes and still life. At the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art where he studied, the artist trained under the tutelage of pioneer first generation Singaporean artists including Cheong Soo Pieng, Georgette Chen, Liu Kang and Chen Wen Hsi. Tan delved into full time painting in 1976, painting old Singapore landscapes to immortalize their essence in the face of rapid urbanization. The artist also received the Ministry of Culture Special Award at the National Day Art Exhibition in 1976 and went on to win the highest Singaporean accolade, the Cultural Medallion, conferred by the Government of Singapore for excellence in the arts, in 2006.

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