ANG AH TEE
- 1960-66 Nanyang
Academy of Fine Arts
- 1980-97 Seven solo exhibitions in Singapore
- 1974-99 Numerous group exhibitions in Singapore, UK, Hong Kong, Israel, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and USA
Singapore cityscapes provide Ang Ah Tee with inexhaustible subject matter. He paints them in every aspect, time of day and weather condition, weaving patterns from the trappings of urban life - tower blocks, house fronts, roof tops, harbour structures, old and new buildings, street and river traffic. Keeping his colours mainly within the warm red-gold spectrum, only relieved here and there by touches of blue and green, Ah Tee presents a rich visual tapestry which is in many ways derived from his deep appreciation of the Post-Impressionists, especially Van Gogh, They are lyrical interpretations of Singapore's urban scenes achieved by abstracting and simplifying forms with an expressive brush.
The Bukit Panjang Community Library (BPCL) promises to be a crowd-puller for the new Bukit Panjang Plaza, a shopping complex located close to the junction of Upper Bukit Timah Road and Bukit Panjang Road. Not only does BPCL serve the 75,000 residents in Bukit Panjang New Town, it is also easily accessible to HDB residents in Bukit Batok, Jurong and Choa Chu Kang. In addition, it is within a stone's throw of private residential estates along Upper Bukit Timah and Hillview.
BPCL was declared open by Dr Teo Ho Pin, Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC (Bukit Panjang Division) on 4th April 1998, and opened to the eagerly awaiting public a day later. It boasts a start-up collection of 120,000 books and periodicals, and more than 160 CD-ROM titles. In addition to basic services - lending, general reference, inter-library loans/referrals, reservations and self-check machines, 14 Public Access Network Stations (PANS) provide access to multimedia services.
A new-age library with user-friendly facilities and an avant-garde design, BPCL possesses a strong aesthetic appeal aimed at creating a conducive learning environment and promoting an appreciation of art. This is in tune with NLB's mission to promote a more gracious society.
The library features a collection of paintings by established local artists. Ang Ah Tee's water colour creations depict indigenous scenes - 'Ang Siang Hill', 'Rattan Shop', 'Alley' and 'Novelty Shop' whereas Jessie Lee's paintings entitled 'Red Sail', 'Floating Free' and 'Across The Sun' lend a different air with their semi-abstract style and vibrant colours. Ceramic works by other local artists complement this creative setting.