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Resources > Collections > Artwork Nanyang Fishing Village

Year of execution:  1978
Year of acquisition:  2012
Medium:   Chinese ink and colour on paper
Dimension:  86.5 x 60.5  cm
Gift of the artist

Foo Chee San apportioned a considerable part of his life nurturing the next generation of artists and is fondly remembered as a teacher to numerous younger artists. Foo was born in Hainan and later trained in Western painting and Chinese ink at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 1953 to 1956. Inspired by his teachers, pioneer artists Cheong Soo Pieng, Chen Chong Swee, Chen Wen Hsi, Georgette Chen and See Hiang To, Foo eventually became an art educator for over 50 years. To fulfil his other passions in life, Foo created a body of work consisting of woodblock prints, Chinese ink paintings and oil on canvas throughout his artistic career.

Inspired by pristine landscapes and the simplicity of everyday life, Foo had a penchant for depicting kampungs and local streets. To Foo, local subjects have a distinct Asian quality that presents an authentic view of Singapore’s culture, as evident in Nanyang Fishing Village. Foo often incorporated Western mediums with Chinese painting traditions. For instance, specific areas are intentionally left uncoloured, creating a blurred effect to evoke the veiling effects of the atmosphere and suggest space – a common approach in many Chinese paintings.


Foo Chee San 符致珊