Phua Cheng Phue (1934 -2004), Singapore

Life on the Bumboats

Painting, Ink and colour on paper, 64x68cm (81.5x88cm), 1983
Location:  Somerset Liang Court Level 1, Singapore


This ink and brush painting of Singapore artist Phua Cheng Phue was specially selected to be displayed at the lobby of Somerset Liang Court because of the proximity of this property to the Singapore River.  Drawn in the 1980s, it brings us back to the days when the river was teeming with bumboats that carried goods from the ships at sea to the godowns by the quayside.  Relish the many details of this fine work – sacks of rice, labourers, lorries, shophouses, and the Elgin Bridge - and travel back in time.

Artist’s Biography

Phua Cheng Phue graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and is proficient in oils, watercolours, Chinese finger-painting, as well as Chinese ink and brush painting. He has received several awards including the National Day Excellence Award in 1976 and the Dr Tan Tsze Chor Award in 1988. Phua’s artworks are collected by corporations and museums.

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