Singaporean painter Ang Ah Tee belongs to the generation of artists that played a pivotal role in developing Singapore’s modern art scene in the 1970s. Trained in Western painting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Ang was mentored by pioneer artists Cheong Soo Pieng and Georgette Chen. While Ang was exposed to various Western mediums, he was exceptionally deft in drawing and painting.
This artwork reflects Ang’s shift from his usual palette of warm hues of burnt umber, yellow ochre, and tinges of red to titanium and Prussian blue. Acrylic paint, which dries quickly, is often the artist’s material of choice as it allows him to add layers swiftly on the canvas using a palette knife. This work was showcased in Ang’s 13th solo exhibition – Reminiscence, which is pivotal in demonstrating Ang’s creative development and evolutions in style.