SINGING COMPETITION II (2015) by Tan Puay Tee
TAN PUAY TEE
b. Muar, 1935
SINGING COMPETITION II , 2015
Signed, dated, inscribed and sealed (lower right)
Chinese ink on rice paper, mounted
96 cm x 180 cm
Inscriptions: Bird singing competitions are traditionally held at the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, attracting a great number of contestants and spectators. My visit to a competition in Kelantan has given me deep thoughts. Upon winning, the birds would soar up to hundred times of its original value, however, only very few winners were selected. In contrast, the future of the losing birds was largely unknown.
Born in Muar, Johor, Tan Puay Tee is a talented self-taught artist skilled in oil painting and prints. He was invited to participate in exhibitions at the Malaysia National Art Gallery between 1962 – 1969, as well as the National Art Gallery’s Annual Art Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur during 1984 – 1985.
His works were selected for the ‘Contemporary Art in Asia’ exhibition in 1965 and the ‘Salon Malaysia’ art exhibition in 1968. In 1985, he participated in the Malaysian-Chinese Artists Art Exhibition Kuala Lumpur.
He held most of his solo exhibitions in his hometown Muar, but also organised solo exhibitions in other places such as “A Series of Stories. A Symphony of Life” in Singapore (2002) and “Life. Bitter” at Younie Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2012). His collectors include the Malaysia National Art Gallery, Malaysian and Singaporean private collectors.