Chua Mia Tee
Oil on canvas
78.5 x 79.4 cm
Chua Mia Tee based this work on his childhood memories of growing up in Chinatown. The portable cinema, which was especially popular in the 1940s, no longer exists today. The painting captures the children's fascination in contrast to the clear disinterest of the vendor.
Born in Guangdong Province, China in 1931, Chua Mia Tee immigrated to Singapore in 1937 and graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1957. Chua is a highly regarded master of portrait painting and has painted prominent public figures including presidents and prime ministers of Singapore. Chua is also known for painting nationalistic and local scenes of Singapore, which serve as historical documents of the nation's changing landscape.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
Donated by Times Publishing Ltd.
Image courtesy of National Heritage Board.