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Resources > Collections > Artwork Self-Portrait

Year of execution:  1966
Year of acquisition:  2012
Medium:   Woodblock print
Dimension:  24 x 25  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.

Foo’s Self-Portrait on woodblock prints is one of the most iconic prints in his oeuvre. The artwork was featured in Singapore’s first major group woodcut and print exhibition at the National Library in 1966, an important moment in Singapore’s art historical discourse. By employing positive and negative spaces to create the print, the work exemplifies Foo’s training in drawing at the Academy, which was part of the curriculum for Western painting. 


Foo Chee San 符致珊