Born in Penang in 1928, Tan Guan Hin is
presently an art teacher in Taiping,Perak. He studied at Chung Ling High
School,Penang and later graduated from Taiwan Normal University with a Bachelor
of Fine Arts in 1961. His preferred medium is arcylic on paper, although he uses
mixed media as well, a mixture of watercolour and arcylic or a mixture of
acrylic and Chinese ink.
The style of painting he employs is known as 'liu
lu' (a natural expression of the inner feelings). His strokes are a dramatic
combination of Arabic calligraphy and European watercolour techniques. However,
other than abstracts, he paints animals realistically, excelling in tigers,
lions, birds and cats.
He held numerous one-man exhibitions in United
Kingdom since 1980 viz. Kelvin Gallery, Glasgow (1980), Saltire Gallery,
Edinburgh (1981), Ewan Mundy Fine Arts, Glasgow (1981), Cambria College of Art, Calisle
Glasgow School of Art (1983), Glasgow Art Centre (1983), Pitlochry Festival
Theatre, Scotland (1983) Touring Exhibition -
Galleries, Scotland (1984-85) and Harbour Arts Centre Irvine, Scotland (1985).
He had his first local one-man show in Kuala Lumpur at Chin-Woo Art Gallery in
1986, and at Galeria,Penang in May 1990.
He also participates actively in numerous group
exhibitions in Malaysia, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States,including
Euro-Art Centre, San Francisco in 1985 and 1986. He took part in Penang Festival
1986 and was included in the Penang Retrospective Artists Directory.
His paintings are collected in Hong Kong,
Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, West Germany, United Kingdom,
Japan, the United States of America and Phillippines. His work was featured in
the Star Newspaper -Section 2 (20.2.1986) as well as Bulanan Chao Foon (1986).