Singaporean artist Ang Ah Tee’s favourite subjects for his paintings include boats in urban landscapes. One may interpret these boats as symbols that reflect the artist’s sojourns throughout his life. Ang demonstrates exceptional technique and attention to detail by combining his depictions of boats with their surrounding landscape to form a harmonious composition. In Junk, Hong Kong, Ang depicts Chinese wooden sailboats, often docked along Hong Kong’s harbours. Integral to this painting is bold, prominent lines resembling brushstrokes, similar to those found in Chinese calligraphy artworks. Although Ang uses techniques similar to that of the Post-Impressionists, the artist’s choice of subject matter reflects his homage to his Asian cultural roots.
Ang is an alumnus of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts who was mentored by pioneer artists Cheong Soo Pieng and Georgette Chen. He worked with various Western mediums at NAFA but was exceptionally skilled in drawing and painting. Ang paints many of his artworks using acrylic paint and a palette knife. The former material dries fast, allowing the artist to create multiple layers on his canvas swiftly.