School shows off art talent tradition

School shows off art talent tradition

SINGAPORE - Art pieces by former students of Chung Cheng High School, a breeding ground for artistic talent in the 1950s and 1960s, will be shown at the biennial Memories By The Lake Exhibition which opens at the Ngee Ann Cultural Centre on Saturday at 3.30pm.

The more than 160 works on display include paintings in Chinese ink and brush, watercolour and oil, Chinese calligraphy, pottery and ceramic works as well as photographs by 73 of the school's alumni members, who include Cultural Medallion recipients Lim Tze Peng and Chng Seok Tin.

Also included are works by former Member of Parliament and artist Ho Kah Leong, Singapore Art Society president Terence Teo, Federation of Art Societies Singapore president Stephen Leong, Life Art Society president Tan Khim Ser and Sicheng Chinese Calligraphy & Seal-carving Society president Chang Kwang Wee.

The oldest participants are Cultural Medallion recipient and Chinese ink and brush painter Lim and calligrapher Chui Choo Sin, who are both in their early 90s. The youngest is painter Zheng Xupeng, 29, who also studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Most of the other participants, however, are in their late 60s and 70s.

"The fact that many former Chung Cheng High students became artists today and some even as leaders of art groups here shows the school's ability to produce artistic talent in the past, especially for the visual arts," said the exhibition's organising chairman Tan Choo Kai, 77, a retired school art teacher and now full-time oil painter.

He explained that it was the school's art society, formed in the early 1950s and led by many dedicated art teachers and artists from China, which laid the strong foundation to groom artistic talent.

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