Chin Chun Wah

Hock Nam Street II, 1977
Ink On Wash, 38 x 52 cm

USD 1,600 – 2,300

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About the artwork

A bustling city street is depicted in this image, with the narrow alleyways flanked by distinctive shophouses which formed the backbone of olden Singapore with their shuttered louvre windows and ornate details. Street hawkers are shown touting their wares, and the seventies fashion is evident in the printed dresses of women and the bellbottomed jeans of the men.



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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