Search within
News and Updates
- Capsule Modules
- Research Materials
- Publications
- Collections
Workshops and Events
- Past Workshops and Activities
- Past Exhibitions
- Virtual Exhibitions

Resources > Collections > Artwork Still Life

Year of execution:  Undated
Year of acquisition:  
Medium:   Chinese ink and colour on paper
Dimension:    cm

Singaporean artist Tan Kee Sek was primarily trained in Western painting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. His interests, however, lay in Chinese art from a young age. Tan had the opportunity to strengthen his skills in Chinese ink painting when he was mentored by pioneer artist See Hiang To. Tan was greatly influenced by See and went on to pursue Chinese painting, calligraphy, and seal carving after he graduated from NAFA in 1970. Tan was one of the founders of the Siaw Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society. For the past five decades, while Tan has explored and innovated in his practice, he concurrently nurtures the next generation of budding artists specialising in Chinese ink at the Academy. 

Apart from his passion for Chinese art and culture, Tan is also inspired by nature and everyday life. In Still Life, the flowers and the fruit exemplify Tan’s excellent execution of line and colour and employ natural and unrestrained brushstrokes. These elements exude the long-established sensibilities of Chinese art. However, the vase in the painting is abstract in form, outlined in bold unmodulated ink—a stark difference from traditional painting practices.


Tan Kee Sek 曾纪策