Singapore | 1944 

Lee Choon Kee’s work displays the artist’s personal preference and emphasis on on-the-spot painting. His style captures the details of the scene in front of the artist, drawing us into the mood and feel of the very subject, largely through the use of freehanded strokes and play of colours. While watercolour as a medium is easy to pick up, it is difficult to master – requiring hardwork and perseverance to reach a level of perfection in the artist’s skills, knowledge and expression. Through his daily travels and painting adventures overseas, Lee Choon Kee has developed his unique, unrestrained and expressive style of portraying landscapes. His dedication towards seeking one-of-a-kind sceneries has seen him spend months on end on overseas painting expeditions, including a 2-month stint around USA on a bicycle. Lee Choon Kee’s paintings are truly one of a kind, first-hand from the artist’s interpretation. In his later work, Lee employs a simplified approach towards his painting style. Through using lesser strokes to produce a good composition, Lee makes the landscape come alive in dramatic forms.  


1965    Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

1970s    Founding member of Singapore Watercolour Society

2005    First Prize, Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore Art Society

2010    President of the Society of Chinese Artists (2010 – present)    


Selected Exhibitions

2013    Nostalgic Landscape of Northern Malaysia, Galeri Seni Mutiara, Penang, Malaysia

2012    Living with Art, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard, Singapore

2012    Along the Way – Lee Choon Kee Watercolour Painting Exhibition, Nanman Art, Singapore

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