Malaysian artist Chang Fee Ming in his eclectic workplace.
Chang Fee Ming’s deft hands transform colours into wondrous snippets of life. The artist has developed a collection spanning more than two decades, depicting rural people, culture and landscapes of countries in Asia and beyond.
Born in a rural coastal town in East Malaysia, Chang is one of Asia’s most renowned artists working in the medium of watercolour. His richly detailed and vibrantly coloured paintings of life in idyllic, rural scenes have established his reputation as a sensitive observer of culture and promoter of cultural tolerance. The artist is an avid traveller and has said “To travel and see and paint is for me a way of learning, part of my life philosophy”.
His acclaimed artwork is exhibited and collected throughout the world, and has appeared regularly at Christie’s auctions since 1995. Several books have been published about his work, including The World Of Chang Fee Ming (1995), Mekong (2004) and Imprinted Thoughts (2009) which was published in conjunction with his exhibition at Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI).
In 2010, he launched two more publications: a book of travel sketches, Sketching Through Southeast Asia, and Visage, which was inspired by his experience at Louvre Museum.
Most recently, Chang has shown his works at The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London, in 2014 and at the Bamboo Gallery, Bali, in 2013.
His masterpieces will again take centrestage at Christie’s, this time in Hong Kong. The exhibition runs from June 17 to July 24 and will present a range of more than 70 individual artworks, comprising more than a dozen recent large-sized watercolour paintings, a representative selection of iconic older works, as well as rare drawings, sketches and mail art from the artist’s personal collection.
This is the first solo exhibition by the artist in Hong Kong, and the pieces will be displayed in the James Christie Room, a state of the art multi-purpose space which opened in March 2014. Most of the works are available for purchase except for a few exhibits, which are on loan.
This article was originally published in Life Inspired, out every second and fourth Sunday of the month, and distributed exclusively with The Sunday Star to selected areas in the Klang Valley. The next issue will be out on June 28.