Chew Teng Beng - A Pioneering Artist and Teacher

By Ooi Kok Chuen

February 2012 PENANG PALETTE
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Awards for his art came often to Dr Chew Teng Beng. His long love affair with the US did not stop him coming back to Malaysia, and basing himself in Penang. His influence as an artist comes as much from his role as teacher as from his paintings.When Dr Chew Teng Beng, a pioneering Malaysian abstract artist, was offered a job at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), then Universiti Penang, in 1969, he did not take it up until three years...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.