Tan Choon Ghee (1930-2010), a Malaysian artist famous for his Penang streetscape watercolours, is arguably the best watercolourist of his generation. Eighty-six known sketchbooks, filled with drawings, belonging to Choon Ghee, are the subject matter of this publication. The earliest ones with dates are those from his London Slade School of Fine Art days in 1957. Most of the drawings are not dated but they probably span more than 50 years of his artistic career. There is no record if Choon Ghee ever sold any of his sketches in his lifetime. Very few have been seen before this. These 86 sketchbooks and some forty loose sheets now offer us a treasure trove of drawings. In total there are 2,461 sheets, many of which he drew on both sides of paper. At an average of 5 drawings on each sheet, there are in excess of 12,000 drawings.
“Tan, who died in 2010 at 80 years old, left a legacy which has inspired a generation of artists who have had the privilege to come under the tutelage of this wizard of the lines.” Paul Toh, NST
A Lifetime of Drawing “features a treasure trove of [Tan’s] paintings as well as a host of never-seen-publicly sketchbooks containing the works of a lifetime … affords viewers a glimpse into the creative process of the artist who grew up in Presgrave Street in George Town.” Jeremy Tan, The Star
Message Preface Tan Choon Ghee – A Lifetime of Drawing Tan Choon Ghee’s Sketchbook Collection A Journalist with a Brush Sketches: Nudes Sketches: Figures Sketches: Hawkers Sketchers: Buildings Sketches: Boats & Ships Sketches: Road Transport Sketches: Animals PSAG Permanent Collection Choon Ghee’s Drawing & Painting – A Comparison Acknowledgements