Born in Malaysia, 1942
As a member of the Modern Art Society of Singapore for nearly thirty years I wish to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to fellow members of the Society for their friendship and encouragement, which have helped to sustain my interest in painting over the years. In a greatly troubled and deeply divided world, few things could transcend national and ideological boundaries as art works do.
The art works that have been selected for the 50th Anniversary Catalogue are only partial and faint representation of the wide range of my subjects, mediums and styles.
Dr Choong is a self-taught “scholar-artist”. He was brought up in Bukit Merah (Red Hill) in Singapore. Educated at Nanyang, London, Aberdeen, Oxford and Harvard Universities in literature, theology, biblical studies and philosophy.
He is currently a Visiting Professor of Peking (Beijing) University and a number of other leading universities in China and Hong Kong. He considers himself a “romantic” by nature and temperament, with a strong emotional attachment to the great earth and a profound concern for God’s creation. “Homeland” has been his most favourite theme, and which is inseparable from his childhood upbringing and experience in the village. For him, the whole universe is God’s masterpiece of artwork par excellence.
His woodwork for the MASS 50th Anniversary, “Ancient Wood, Modern Art: God’s material” is a reverent and grateful recognition of the wonder of God’s creation. While painting has been his passion since childhood, he now regards it as a theological reflection and expression as well.
Being an active member of Modern Art Society Singapore and a life member of the Singapore Art Society, he participates regularly in exhibitions locally and internationally in more than fifteen countries so far.
He received Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore Art Society (1987); First Prize, UOB Competition in the Chinese painting category (1987); and Distinction Award, UOB Competition (1988, 1989, and 1999).
His artworks are collected locally, such as in Citibank, UOB, DBS, Singapore Government Ministries, library of the National University of Singapore, Trinity Theological College as well as private collections in Singapore and overseas, namely Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States.
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