Fan Chang Tien - The Literati Artist


By (artist) Chang Tien Fan
338 pp, 320 mm x 240 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4385-86-2
RRP USD100.00

Category: Art & Fashion
Theme: Singapore

Fan Chang Tien was an influential Chinese-Singaporean ink artist. He was taught by Wang Geyi and was a second-generation disciple of the grand master of the Shanghai School, Wu Changshuo. After arriving in Singapore Fan went on to teach a whole generation of important Singaporean artists that included Chua Ek Kay and Ling Cher Eng.

Fan Chang Tien: The Literati Artist brings together over 160 of the artist’s finest works, many from his family’s private collection and previously unpublished. This book is separated into four main sections: Landscapes & Figures, Bamboo and Other Black and Whites, Birds, Flowers & Fish, and Selection from the National Collection, Singapore. There are also informative bilingual essays from pre-eminent experts in Chinese ink art as well as pieces written by Fan’s daughter that give an insight into his life and inspiration. The poetry that is featured on many of Fan’s artworks has been translated into English for the first time.

The synthesis of Fan’s paintings, poetry and philosophy is sure to inspire collectors and art lovers throughout the world.

About the Artist

Fan Chang Tien was one of Singapore’s key pioneer artists who mentored an entire generation of notable Singaporean Chinese ink painters, such as Chua Ek Kay and Ling Cher Eng. Well known for his bamboo paintings, Fan was taught by Wang Geyi, an accomplished artist who was a disciple of Wu Changshuo, grand master of the Shanghai School. Born in 1907 in Guangdong, China, Fan became a Singapore citizen in 1976, before passing away at age 80.

Contributors to the book

Fan Chang Tien: The Literati Artist includes a foreword by Dr Eugene Tan; a preface by K.C. Low; and essays by the late Pan Shou, Professor Wu Yongliang, Low Sze Wee, Kwok Kian Chow, and Teresa Yao, Fan’s daughter.


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