Being a part of what you paint

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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“Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang” (watercolour on paper).
This is a tribute to one of Penang’s great master painters. Tan Choon Ghee captured his home city’s scenes with ease and honoured urban landscapes throughout the world with an intense brush. He was born in Penang on January 25, 1930 and passed away at 70 on December 28, 2010.FOR ALL HIS FAME and extraordinary skills, Tan Choon Ghee never got to be fabulously rich. Not that he minded that much, though once in 1980 he did publicly fulminate at...

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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.