Seascape is a woodcut with intricate details depicting a scene at the beach. While Singapore artists working in this medium were originally influenced by China’s left-wing Woodcut Movement, Seascape is a local woodblock print that eschews political subjects and commentary. Instead, it focuses on capturing local scenes, lifestyles and the essence of Southeast Asia.
Shortly after Singapore celebrated its first National Day Parade in 1966, six local artists who were lecturers at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts held the Woodcut Show, a joint exhibition. Seascape is a collaboration between all six artists: Tan Tee Chie, See Cheen Tee, Lim Yew Kuan, Lim Mu Hue, Choo Keng Kwang and Foo Chee San. Contrary to traditional woodcut techniques, the artists worked on sections of the work without planning, sketching or drawing beforehand. It is the only woodcut of its kind in the history of Singapore.