In love with painting again

In love with painting again

Harry Chin Chun Wah was a founding member of the Singapore Watercolour Society in 1969 and a budding artist leading several art groups here in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He was known for his sketches in pen and wash - a painting technique using marker pens and watercolours to depict scenes with light, deft strokes within minutes.

But he left the art scene, re-emerging only last Saturday when he staged his first solo exhibition at a local gallery. Chin, 72, says it is an "unlikely decades-long dream come true".

It features more than 30 of his sketches and watercolours depicting mostly local scenes, including the earliest ones in 1967 when he graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

After graduating, he worked briefly at the former Radio and Television, Singapore, the Culture Ministry, as well as the Housing and Development Board as an artist and designer. He gave up painting when he joined developer Far East Organisation as its advertising manager in 1977.

He had won first prize of the then Parks and Recreation's logo design competition and a year earlier in 1976, the third prize of an art compeition organised by OCBC Bank in conjunction with the completion of its skyscraper in Chulia Street.

He retired from Far East in 1999 and became an avid golfer.

So why is he making a comeback now?

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