Chen Wen Hsi is one of Singapore’s pioneer artists, known for his avant-garde Chinese paintings.He was born in Baigong in Guangdong province, and had his early education at Chen Li Primary School and St. Joseph Middle School.
After graduation from secondary school, Chen Wen Hsi decided to study full-time in fine art at the Shanghai College of Art in 1928, despite his uncle’s objection. Unhappy with the college, Chen transferred to the Xinhua College of Art in Shanghai, where he was taught by renowned artists such as Pan Tianshou, with half of his classmates a year later. It was at Xinhua that he became acquainted with Chen Jen Hao, Chen Chong Swee and Liu Kang, all of whom were to become Singapore’s Nanyang pioneer artists and art educationists. After four years at Xinhua, Chen graduated and returned to Baigong.
Fu Baoshi, or Fu Pao-Shih, (1904-1965) was a Chinese painter from Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. He went to Japan to study the History of Oriental Art in the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1933. He translated many books from Japanese and carried out his own research. In painting itself, he brought Japanese visual elements to the Chinese ink painting tradition.
He was the Director of the Jiangsu Province Chinese Painting School and a Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Chinese Artists. He also taught in the Art Department of Central University (now Nanjing University).His works of landscape painting employed skillful use of dots and inking methods, creating a new technique encompassing many varieties within traditional rules. He was able to create an old, elegant style through his integration of poetic atmosphere and painting techniques. He has held many personal exhibitions in China and has won favourable comments.
Fu had strong feelings towards the land of China. During his travel to many places, he recorded the splendors of the rivers and mountains, drawing inspiration from nature and becoming the representative landscape painter of his time.
丰子恺, FONG TSE KA (1898-1975)原名丰润，中国现代画家、散文家、美术教育家、音乐教育家、漫画家、书法家和翻译家。丰子恺者，本名丰润，字子恺，浙江崇德石门湾人也。光绪二十四年（1898）生，有六姊，他的母亲将他生下来后，由于父母亲十分喜爱他，取小名“慈玉”。他在家乡念小学时，有一次，乡下要搞什么选举。小学老师说，乡下人文化低，笔画多的字不好写，为日后考虑，名字应尽量用笔画少的字，因此，“润”字改为“仁”字，老师说，浙江读音“仁”与“润”差不多，“仁”在意义上与“慈玉”的“慈”接近，因此，他的名字就叫“丰仁”了。他就以这个名字进入杭州浙江第一师范学校。师从李叔同学音乐、绘画，从夏丏尊学国文。毕业，与刘质平、吴梦非、刘海粟、姜丹书创中华美育会，办《美育》杂志。又与质平等创办上海艺术专科学校，教西洋美术。
FONG TSE KA (1898-1975),Chinese modern painters and essayist, art educator, music educator, cartoonist, calligrapher and translator. FONG TSE KA was born in 1898 in zhejiang.He had six sisters. his parents very loved him named “ci yu”. FONG TSE KA was studied in Hangzhou first normal school. Li Shu Tong was his teacher of music and painting. After Fong Tse Ka guraduated, he established Chinese Aesthetic Education Association with Liu Hai Su, Liu Zhi Ping, Wu Meng Fei, Jiang Dan Shu and Magzine Mei Yu. And established Shanghai Academy of Arts with Liu Zhi Ping, teaching western painting.
At the early stage of Fong Tsu Ka’s painting, he used TK in his artworks. FONG TSE KA loved art from childhood. He went into Hangzhou first normal school in 1914. Li Shu Tong taught him music and painting. Xia Gai Zhun taught him sinology He called Li Shu Tong was father teacher and Xia Gai Zhun as mother teacher. He was influented by Li Shu Tong in his future. In the fall of 1918, Li Shutong became a monk in Hangzhou tiger run temple, and later Feng Zikai wrote a memorial to his teacher “miss Li Shutong”. Fong Tse Ka organized Tung Yin Painting Society in 1917. After graduated from normal school, established Shang Hai normal college with several students teaching painting. He studied painting, music, and foreign languange in Japan. And retured to Zhe Jiang Shang Yu Chun Hui middle school as a painting and music teacher. He made friends with Zhu Ziqing, Zhu Guangqian and others. He was worked as an editor at the Kai Ming bookstore,and worked as a art professor in Shanghai University, Fu Dan university and Zhejiang university.At the same time, he was painting,and did some literature and literary and artistic aspects of the series translation work. He established Li Da college with friend. During the war he was travelling all over the Southwest of China taught in some schools.
He establised Li Da sociaty, Mao dun, Ye sheng tao, Cheng wang dao, Zheng zheng duo, Hu yu zhi were the members of Li Da sociaty in 1925. Fong Tse Ka worked in Shanghai art university in 1926, and as an editor in Kai Ming book store. 1931 Kai Ming bookstore published his first essay collection. After July 7 incident 1937 he escaped with his family. He edited “cartoon of Japanese invasion of China” . He bacame professor of zhe jiang university in 1939, and professor of Chongqing National University. In 1943, he completed his teaching career, specializing in
painting and writing. Then published “Music knowledge” “Introduction to music””Children’s Music”books for children It has made a lot of work for the popularization of modern music knowledge.FONG TSE KA returned to Shanghai in 1946 published ” Tse Ka cartoon collection”. He worked for Shanghai literature and History Museum. Vice chairman of Shanghai branch of China Artists Association, Standing director of China Artists Association,Vice president of foreign culture association, Vice president of Shanghai literary and Art Federation, Member of the CPPCC National Committee, Dean of Shanghai Chinese Academy of painting, China Artists Association Shanghai branch Chairman,Vice president of the Shanghai Federation of literary and art. FONG TSE KA was a respected modern cartoonist and essayist in china. His paintings and articles to maintain a consistent grace style in the decades,the comic is well-known. Unfortunately there are a lot of Fong Tse Ka’s artworks lost, even published more than 50 album mostly disappeared in the market. cartoon is the most famous artworks of Fong Tse Ka. A few pens describe a scenario vividly.Most of Fong Tse Ka’s artwork are based on children.
Fan Chang Tien (1908-1985) courtesy name hedan, art name dingyuan, yuanwen, was born in guangdong province. His teacher was Wang Yiting, Zhu Wenyun, Wang Geyi, Pan Tianshou. Fan Chang Tien was good at chinese painting follower & bird. Fan Chang Tien was a famous pioneer Singapore artist.
Fan Chang Tien as graduated from Shantou art normal school and study in shanghai xinhua art institution when he was 16 years old. 1929 he studied in Shanghai changming art school major in Chinese painting. Honorary president Wang Yi Ting was his teacher. And Wang Ge Yi was head of Chinese painting department. 25 years old he returned to Shantou to organize Yitao painting sociaty for teaching Chinese painting. He published his painting album and active in Chao Zhou art world.
Retired teacher Fan Chang Tien’s life was more colorful, poetry, painting, carving, orchid, classes and apprentices at that time many students come to learn,Many students were enrolled in the course to his home. 60s students were Ling Cher Eng, Nai Swee Leng, David Lam Ka Hung, 70s students Chua Er Kay……
Dong Shouping’s grandfather Dong Dong Zhihuan was member of the Qing Dynesty Imperial Academy. His grand grand father Dong Jitang was a famous calligrapher in middle of Qing Dynasty. Dong Shouping was born in a art family and love Chinese paintings and calligraphy since childhood. And he study very hard. He became famous in Jing Hua in 1931. He had engaged in
painting and calligraphy related work in Xi’an, Chengdu and other places after 1938. He had work in Studio of Glorious Treasures as an editor, painter, identifier, and teach talents after the founding of P.R of China. Many his artworks published in the newspaper, magazine or exhibitions. Pubished 《Dong Shouping album》、《Dong Shouping painting and calligraphy》、《Master Dong Shouping》、《Dong Shouping notes on art》、《Studio of Glorious Treasures Dong Shouping album》His famous artwork《Mountain Huang Shan》、《Waterfall》、《The Dadu River》、《Mountain Huang Shan after raining》、《Mountain Huang shan》、《Morning of Erlang Mountain》、《Loushan Pass》、《Bamboo》、《Plum》、《Bamboo in the wind》、《Strong pitch upwind》
Dong Shouping was born in a famous poetry family since middle of Qing Dynasty, which collected a lot of antiques and paintings. Due to the family education, Dong Shouping likes painting from childhood. He was good at drawing plum and bamboo, was famous for Cinnabar red plum. Drawing bamboo concisely, Imposing and strong. Essence of the calligraphy the layout is ethereal. Dong Shouping always drew pine on the peak of Mount Huangshan. Pursue the unity and spirit of the whole artwork. Known as “Dong plum” “Shouping bamboo” and “Giant Mountain Huangshan”. Dong Shouping Memorial Hall collected his artworks in China, and other museum also exhibits his artworks. His calligraphy is very unique, vigorous, energetic, Simple and unsophisticated, graceful in shape, bold and unconstrained in form. It shows his noble spiritual realm.His artworks have been exhibited many times inland and abroad, and have been collected by many art museums.Awarded the “Fuji fine arts medal”.