Seah Kam Chuan

Born in 1963 in Singapore, artist Seah Kam Chuan is an accomplished watercolorist, illustrator and educator. He trained at NAFA between 1978 to 1985 and obtained two diplomas in graphic design and applied arts. He also served as the President of Singapore Watercolour Society (SWS) from 2000-2006 and remained as advisor from 2007-2018.

The shophouses that line the Singapore River juxtapose the modern skyscrapers in the skyline. Reflection, Singapore River demonstrates Seah’s excellent control and technique by his representation of the moving, reflective surface of the water, the most challenging of watercolouring skills.

Villages in Vietnam #1 was created in one of his painting sojourns to Vietnam. The scene depicts a village nestled at the foot of a forested mountain surrounded by water where the villagers' main mode of transport to the other side of the mountain, was through the cave by boat. The idyll charm of the rural reflected in his direct study of nature offers a fresh and natural vision of the landscape and light. The textures on the left of the painting was a result of the sudden rain midway into their painting session. Seah went on to create the same textures on the other side of the artwork, capturing life as it were, in natural light.

Tanah Lot, Bali was created on Seah's trip to Indonesia. He encountered a ceremonial procession on the day of his visit to the island that is home to the ancient Hindu temple Pura Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is fully surrounded by water during high tide. At that moment, the island was experiencing low tide and the pilgrims were walking across the seabed on foot to the base of the temple. The contrast between the light-coloured clothes of the devotees stands out against the rocks and seabed. Seah pays tribute to this beautiful island as he depicts this distinctive part of the life and culture of the indigenous people of Bali.

These works were acquired by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2019.


Reflection, Singapore River

2015, Watercolour on paper, 32 x 46 cm

Villages in Vietnam #1

Undated, Watercolour on paper, 34 x 49 cm

Tanah Lot, Bali

Undated, Watercolour on paper, 26 x 37 cm