Choo Keng Kwang
Choo Keng Kwang is one of Singapore’s most eminent and beloved painters. Best known for his paintings of doves as symbols of peace, and his enormously popular Chinatown scenes, Choo is an anchor figure within the oil painting tradition in Singapore.
Born in Singapore in 1931, Choo was groomed by his father who instructed him calligraphy. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1953 and has participated in many group and solo exhibitions throughout Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe and the United States. A highly accomplished painter, a committed educationist, a generous donor and supporter of social charities, the artist received many awards for his contributions to art including the Public Service Medal (PBM) from the Singapore Government as well as numerous distinguished awards and mentions throughout his career.
From 1969 onwards, he was commissioned by the Singapore Government to paint several works for presentation to foreign dignitaries as state gifts. His paintings of Singapore Chinatown were selected by Singapore Telecommunications Authority for reproduction as postage stamps. In 2005, his paintings were selected by the Singapore Mint to be reproduced into coins, First Day Cover, EZ Link Cards, Cash Cards, etc. He was also commissioned by government ministries and statutory boards to paint large wall murals including large paintings of pigeons for the Singapore Embassy in Washington D.C., the ASEAN G7 Secretariat Office in Jakarta and Headquarters of Airlines Worldwide located in Montreal, Canada.
The public, private and corporate collections attest to the immensely popular and enduring quality of Choo’s works.