ANG AH TEE
 
Born 1943
Singapore

He is a veteran artist known for his acrylic, watercolour and oil paintings.
 
Artwork
<b>Kek Lok Shi Temple</b><br/>Acrylic on Canvas<br/><br/>76 x 60 cm<br/>2008<br/>
<b>Alley, China</b><br/>Acrylic on Canvas<br/><br/>76 x 60 cm<br/>2008<br/>
Education
When Ang realised that formal education could not satisfy his desire to learn more about art, he decided to attend formal school in the morning and art class in the afternoon. From 1960 to 1962, he received his art education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore. He always placed greater emphasis on his art education than on his academic schooling. However, despite completing art training in 1962, he did not make art his sole profession until 1977.

Stylistic conventions
As a pragmatist, Ang believed that in order to be a professional artist in Singapore, he had to produce paintings that were commercially viable. He therefore began to make the Singapore River and Chinatown the subjects of his paintings. He dabbled in both watercolour and oil and was able to merge his pragmatic economic instincts with a keen sense of aesthetics. He also subscribed to a distinctive painting strategy inspired by English painter William Turner, whereby he would isolate the landmark, record it in sketches on location, then develop it into a painting in the studio.

In 1976, having painted all the prominent local landmarks, Ang embarked on a painting trip to Bali, Indonesia, which proved to be a catalyst for his creativity. The lush Balinese landscape greatly contrasted that of Singapore and prompted him to explore other sites of Asia. He went to Malacca (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi (India), Hong Kong and many other cities to derive inspiration for his paintings.

In 1978, he made a complete switch from watercolour and oil to acrylic, which he considered to be a better medium for his artwork. Acrylic has allowed him to obtain both the transparency of watercolour and the texture of oil. As a result, his later paintings often display rich hues framed by an effusive glow. The scale of his paintings has also shifted from intimate proportions to wider contexts.
Over the years, Ang's concept of the landmark has evolved. While it has remained the focal point of his art, he has extended his definition of it to include cityscape, townscape, villagescape and even typical shop fronts, thus blending together the historical, social and cultural aspects of his subjects.

Learning journeys
Ang travels widely to collect materials for his art. He prefers on-site painting as it allows him the immediacy to capture on canvas the seemingly trivial but inspirational details that are often overlooked in everyday life.
In 1981, after gaining critical recognition for his works, he launched an ambitious tour across Europe to paint the diverse landmarks of the continent. He went to London, England and Paris, France, the Italian cities of Rome and Venice, as well as Germany, Denmark and Spain. Subsequently, he visited Egypt, Nepal, Kashmir, China and Australia.

Solo exhibitions
1980
Singapore Landscapes, Mandarin Hotel, Singapore.
 
1982  
Recent Paintings, Ming Court Hotel (now Orchard Parade Hotel), Singapore.
 
1984  
Travelling Landscapes, Ming Court Hotel, Singapore.
 
1985
My Recent Journey, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore.
 
1988  
Old Places of the World, Hyatt Hotel, Singapore.
 
1993
Singapore Artist Directory Exhibition, Empress Place Museum, Singapore.
 
1993  
The Next Step, Shenn's Gallery, Singapore.
 
1997  
New Destinations: Recent Works in Oil by Ang Ah Tee, Shenn's Gallery, Singapore.
 
2006  
The Oviato Collection of Ang Ah Tee's Paintings, Oviato Art Gallery, Singapore.
 
2010  
Ang Ah Tee: Fascinating Visions, NAFA Galleries 1 & 2, Singapore.

Group exhibitions
1974  
Two-Man Show, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore.
Bali Tour Art Exhibition, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore.
 
1977  
Jubilee Art Exhibition for Queen Elizabeth II, London, England.
 
1979  
Joint Art Exhibition, Hilton Hotel, Bahrain, and Sheraton Hotel, Dubai.
 Guest participant in the 1st Southeast Asia & Pacific Congress of Clinical Biochemistry, Mandarin Hotel, Singapore.
 
1980  
Joint Art Exhibition, Convention Hall, Tel Aviv, Israel.
"Contemporary Singapore Paintings", 5th Festival of Asian Arts, City Hall, Hong Kong.
 
1984  
Joint Singapore Artists Art Exhibition, Panaga Club, Negara Brunei Darussalam.
 
1986  
Singapore Art Society Joint Art Exhibition.
 
1987  
Joint Art Exhibition in Aid of National Kidney Foundation, Dynasty Hotel (now Marriott Hotel), Singapore.
International Teochew Artists' Art Exhibition, Raffles City, Singapore.
 
1988  
"Asian Watercolours", 3rd Exhibition of the Asian Watercolour Confederation, Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 
1989  
1st Bru-Sin Art Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Negara Brunei Darussalam.New York Art Expo Singapore Preview Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.
Twenty Singapore Artists for New York Art Expo, Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre, New York, United States.
 
1990  
Singapore Artists Speak Art Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.
 
1991  
2nd Bru-Sin Art Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.
"Change", 20 Singapore Artists Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.
 
2005 
Works of Singapore Artists - Ang Ah Tee, Tan Choh Tee, Leo Hee Tong & Chan Chang How, Oviato Art Gallery, Singapore.
 
2006  
Important Second-Generation Artists Series, DLR Gallery, Singapore.

Awards
1974  Prize winner in the Port of Singapore Authority Open Art Competition.
1978  National Day Art Award, Singapore.
2009  Cultural Medallion, Singapore.

Family
Ang and his wife Adeline have one son, a photographer.

Author
By Nurhaizatul Jamila Jamil