Chin Chun Wah

Bicycle Rental Kiosks at Pulau Ubin, 2004
Water Colour on Paper, 70 x 90 cm

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About the artwork

Chin Chun Wah captures a portion of the landscape of Pulau Ubin in this painting; depicting the rows of bicycle rental kiosks there catered to visitors. Pulau Ubin is an island off the eastern part Singapore and is considered one of the last few rural areas here. Largely untouched by urbanisation, this island seems to simulate life in Singapore in the 1960s, when the pace of life was a little slower and simpler.

About the artist

Chin Chun Wah was a founding member of the Singapore Watercolour Society in 1969 and a budding artist that lead several art groups here in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was known for his sketches in pen and wash - a painting technique using marker pens and watercolours to depict scenes with light, deft strokes rendered within minutes. After graduating, he worked briefly at the former Radio and Television, Singapore, the Culture Ministry, as well as the Housing and Development Board as an artist and designer. He gave up painting when he joined developer Far East Organization as its advertising manager in 1977. He won first prize in the Parks and Recreation's logo design competition and a year earlier in 1976, attained the third prize in an art competition organized by OCBC Bank in conjunction with the completion of its skyscraper in Chulia Street. He retired from Far East in 1999 and became an avid golfer.

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