Key collection of Chua Mia Tee’s works

23 June 2018
The Straits Times, Life! Page D9

Chua Mia Tee, Cultural Medallion recipient and NAFA alumnus.

He has painted presidents and pedestrians, chief justices and classrooms, some of the most iconic scenes of Singapore history and intimate portraits of his own family. Now, for the first time, more than 300 works by Cultural Medallion recipient Chua Mia Tee will be gathered together in the pages of an art book, the most comprehensive on the 87-year-old’s oeuvre to date. The Art Of Chua Mia Tee: A Portrait Of A Life’s Work will be launched today at National Gallery Singapore by President Halimah Yacob.

After graduating from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he worked at an advertising agency and later as an illustrator before he was able to take up the brush fulltime in 1974. In 2015, he received the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest artistic accolade. Chua is also considered one of Singapore’s foremost realist painters, is best known for nationally significant works such as Epic Poem Of Malaya (1955) and National Language Class (1959). But he was also a prolific portraitist. He painted six Singapore presidents and got to know some of them well. His portrait of Singapore’s first president Yusof Ishak appears on currency notes. He painted ministers, businessmen, academics and more.

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