Tan Choh Tee was born in 1942 and graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1962 where he was under the tutelage of the pioneer artists of Singapore including Cheong Soo Pieng, Georgette Chen, Liu Kang and Chen Wen Hsi.
He was subsequently engaged as a lecturer from 1984 - 1987, and was accepted as Research Fellow at the Beijing Central Institute of Fine Arts, majoring in oil painting in 1987. In 1998, he was admitted to the French Artist's Colony-Cite Internationale des Art to conduct study tours of major museums in Paris. He has been recognized for his works at the Asia Invitation Arts Exhibition held in Seoul (2006) and is the recipient of the Singapore Cultural Medallion. Tan's paintings focus on Singapore scenes and South East Asia landscapes and its folk activities. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in Taiwan and Singapore.
This painting by Tan Choh Tee depicts a scene at the Singapore River in the 1970s when the River was bustling with bumboats which carried cargo along the River.
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