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.
See more of his works at Artnet.
Inspired by Street Life, The Star, Jan 02, 2011.
Heritage’ artist Tan passes away at 80, The Star, Dec 30, 2010.