Retrospective of Chong Hon Fatt
Impressionist artist and oil painter
Datuk Chong Hon Fatt is a famous artist and oil painter from Penang. He has held numerous solo as well as group exhibitions on the local, national and international level. Datuk Chong is famous for the many oil paintings he did of local sights, from cityscapes to landscapes and country scenes. Chong is heavily involved in shaping the local art scene. He was the founder member of the Penang Watercolour Society in 1985. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Chung Ling Art Society in 1959-60. He also served under various capacities with the Penang Art Society, Japan Modern Art Association and Art Grup Penang.
Chong has published a number of books related to art. The first, titled simply as Oil Painting, was self-published in 1997. Other titles by Chong Han Fatt include Penang Heritage Buildings, PENANG (The Clan Jetties), Kuala Lumpur (Cityscapes), Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, the Heritage Jewel of Penang, and Chong Hon Fatt Retrospective, which is published by the Penang State Art Gallery. Many of Chong's paintings have also been used by various corporations for their calendars including Kelang Container Terminal, Malaysia Smelting Corporation, Kontena Nasional, China Press, ExxonMobil and Kwang Wah Yit Poh.
Chong's artwork is now in the public collection of numerous bodies and individuals including the National Art Gallery, Prime Minister's Office, HRH The Sultan of Kedah, Prince of Songkhla University, to name some. He has appeared on television a number of times, having been interviewed by RTM TV1, Yongjia Television China, Wuxi Television China and Tai Shan Television China. Chong has received numerous awards and honors over the decades. He was bestowed the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (D.S.P.N.) title from the Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri on 17 August, 2016.
Chong Hon Fatt Overview
1965 | Penang
1985 | Penang
1997 | Penang State Art Gallery
1999 | The Art Gallery, Penang
2001 | Mosques in West Malaysia, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur
Was commissioned by two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China to paint their heritage buildings
Studied art at the Chung Ling High School under Mr Lee Cheng Yong. Chong Hon Fatt is described as an Impressionist painter who started out with painting in watercolours, but later switched to concentrate on oils, which he preferred for their versatile nature and what he thought would give him the most pleasure. Commissioned by the Chinese provisional government to paint at two UNESCO heritage sites in Guangdong and Fujian provinces under the Fortified Towers Under the Sun project in 2007 and 2009.
2014 June | Masterpiece | Oil on canvas (60cm x 50cm), RM 5,040
2016 March | The Edge Auction | Nine Emperor’s God Temple | Oil on canvas, 2005 ( 51cm x 61cm), RM 9,900