An updated briefing on recommended artworks to look out for by artcommune gallery's staffers.

Explore more of our curated selection of rare and unique artworks by Singapore's finest artists here. For queries on the artworks, please drop us a note at valerie@artcommune.com.sg , or call +65  6336 4240. 

Choice Picks
24 Feb 2021 
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Cheong Soo Pieng (b. 1917 - d. 1983)
Meeting

1954, oil on canvas, 89.5 x 56 cm

CSP 507 56 Village Scene 52 x 52 cm Oil

Cheong Soo Pieng (b. 1917 - d. 1983)
Village Scene

1956, oil on board, 52 x 52 cm

CWH 196 Undated Egrets 92.5 x 61.5 cm Ch

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Cranes

Undated, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 92.5 x 61.5 cm

CWH 193 Undated (c. 1950s - 1960s) Still

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Still Life

Undated (c. 1980s), pastel on paper, 38 x 55.5 cm

Lim Tze Peng (b. 1921)
Street Scene 

2000, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 68 x 69 cm

CWH 188 Undated Oil Still Life 59 x 69 c

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Oil Still Life

Undated, oil on board, 59 x 69 cm

CWH 191 Undated (c. late 1940s to 1960s)

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Ducks

Undated (c. late 1940s - 1960s),

Chinese ink and colour on paper, 58 x 58.5 cm

CWH 190 Undated (c. 1980s) Dove and Ramb

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Dove and Rambutans

Undated (c. 1980s),

Chinese ink and colour on paper, 54 x 56.5 cm

CWH 195 Undated (c. 1980s) The Mountain

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
The Mountain is Green

Undated (c. 1980s),

Chinese ink and colour on paper, 79 x 39 cm

CWH 192 Undated Sparrow and Flora 68 x 4

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Sparrow and Flora

Undated, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 68 x 43 cm

CWH 186 Squirrels 68 x 43 cm Chinese ink

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Squirrels

Undated, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 68 x 43 cm

CWH 189 Undated Frogs 34 x 34 cm Chinese

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Frogs

Undated, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 34 x 34 cm

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)
Birds Among Flowers

Undated, Chinese ink and colour on paper, diameter 39 cm

CWH 198 Undated Goldfishes 34.5 x 40 cm

Chen Wen Hsi (b. 1906 - d. 1991)

Goldfishes

Undated, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 34.5 x 40 cm

LTP 526 82 68.5x68cm, Chinese ink and co

Lim Tze Peng (b. 1921)

Singapore Street Scene

1982, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 68.5 x 68 cm

LTP 524 80 70x70cm, Chinese ink and colo

Lim Tze Peng (b. 1921)

Docking

1980, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 70 x 70 cm

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Chua Ek Kay (b. 1947 - d. 2008)

Shophouse

2001, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 43 x 35 cm

CEK 018 Old Shop Houses South Bridge Roa

Chua Ek Kay (b. 1947 - d. 2008)

Old Shophouses, South Bridge Road

ed. 8/20

Undated, print,

21 x 21 cm (image); 52 x 48 cm (whole paper)

2 Feb 2021 
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Cheong Soo Pieng (b. 1917 - d. 1983)
Malay Life

Undated (c. 1978-83), Ink and colour on silk, 68.5 x 52 cm

Cheong Soo Pieng is widely regarded as a trailblazing figure in the early Singapore art scene and among the most creative Chinese artists of the 20th century. With his bold pursuit of Modern aesthetics and innovative amalgamation of forms and techniques derived from both Western and Chinese art traditions, Soo Pieng's work was instrumental in shaping the development of Singapore modern art. This late ink painting featuring his iconic female figures with elongated limbs and almond-shaped eyes is one of the artist's many idealised images of the early Malayan life, where man and nature co-exist in harmony and simplicity.  

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Lim Tze Peng (b. 1921)
Calligraphy (早秋)

2009, Chinese ink on paper, 134 x 65 cm

Undoubtedly one of Singapore's most beloved painters, Lim Tze Peng is well known for his ink paintings of Old Singapore scenes and groundbreaking work in modern calligraphy. Around the mid-2000s, he invented a new stylised form of Chinese calligraphy, called the  'hutuzi' (糊涂字; also translated as ‘muddled writing’). This new style emphasises the expressiveness and elegance of brushstrokes, rather than the semantic content derived from the writing. Quoting the famous Tang Dynasty poem, In Early Autumn (早秋) by Xu Hun, this calligraphy is unique in form and striking in boldness. A loose translation of the poem in English reads:

Becoming chilly and crisp is the air, and extended night-time.
In the westerlies waver creeping vines.
Fireflies from the season's end on sparkling dew drops rest, Across the starry sky whisk geese of the wild taking early flight.
At daybreak trees of lofty height denser seem, more mountains and hills come to the fore on a day so fine.
Leaves have begun to fall south of River Huai, I have a feeling that among misty waters I shall remain as I age past my prime.

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Lim Tze Peng (b. 1921)
Street Scene 

2000, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 68 x 69 cm

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Lim Tze Peng (b. 1921)
Mandarin Orange

2010, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 95.5 x 95.5 cm

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Chua Ek Kay (b. 1947 - d. 2008)
Bamboo 'Ao Qing'

2004, Chinese ink on paper, 181 x 50 cm  (each)

Completed a year before Chua Ek Kay's landmark solo exhibition in the Shanghai Museum of Art (2005), these paintings are part of Chua's re-acquaintance with the Jiangnan area, the spiritual homeland of his Shanghai School aesthetic lineage. Chua was especially inspired by the presence of water, whether in the Jiangnan water villages or the ancient cities' atmospheric rain. Works produced in this period are remarkable for their 'wetness', expressed through Chua's masterful control of ink tonalities. With only black Chinese ink, Chua evokes the dense atmosphere of Jiangnan after the rain.

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Lee Hock Moh (b. 1947)
独占鳌头 花香鸟语

2010, Chinese ink and colour on paper, 130 x 66 cm

Lee Hock Moh's ornate Gongbi (fine line) painting style is well known both locally and abroad. In his younger days, he honed his skills with pioneer artists Chen Chong Swee and See Hiang Tuo, and later developed a unique style of his own by merging the traditional gongbi with Western painting techniques. His ink work largely focusses on the forms of orchids, expressing their vibrant blossoms in colourful and ornate details. This beautiful painting from 2010 is a remarkable example of the artist's iconic style.