Wee Beng Chong is one of Singapore’s most versatile artists, producing exceptional works in various mediums, such as calligraphy, seal carving, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media works, oil and Chinese ink painting. His formal art education began in 1955 when he enrolled in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and was introduced to different genres of art. Besides building a solid foundation in Western art, the artist also picked up seal carving and Chinese ink painting under the tutelage of See Hiang To. Later in 1964, Wee studied sculpture at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, adding sculpture-making to his impressive list of art skills. As a key figure in promoting the development of visual arts in Singapore from the 1960s–1980s, Wee was accorded the Cultural Medallion in 1979.
Wee’s teacher, See Hiang To, was an eminent calligrapher, seal carver, Chinese ink painter and one of NAFA’s pioneer instructors. See moved to Singapore from Fujian and took up significant roles in art societies as an advisor. His son later donated See’s book collection to NAFA’s library, comprising rare and valuable out-of-print Chinese sources on arts and literature, some of which are three centuries old. Wee produced this calligraphy to pay homage to See’s contributions to art in Singapore and his family’s valuable donation to the academy. This art piece is currently featured in the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Library.