Tan Choon Ghee (1930-2010)

I remember him as my first art teacher.

I attended his weekly watercolour classes when I was a little kid growing up in Penang. His style inspired legions of watercolour artists – many of them are well-established artists now, and many had their roots in Mr Tan’s living room, painting week after week under his watchful eyes.

Sadly I haven’t dabbled with watercolour for years. One of those things which I miss doing in life.

Tan’s passing away brought back vivid memories of the childhood I cherish.

The much-respected teacher will be sorely missed by many Penangnites.

Hawker Stall, 1980
At the Temple, 1983
Chartered Bank, 1985
Altes chinesisches Haus in Telok Ayer, 1990
Lorong Perangin, 1991

See more of his works at Artnet.

Newspaper reportings:
Inspired by Street Life, The Star, Jan 02, 2011.
Heritage’ artist Tan passes away at 80, The Star, Dec 30, 2010.