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Watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee Opens New Exhibition at Tweed Museum of Art

May 12, 2015 08:57 AM

It was a very exciting day at GMN! We were visited by the internationally celebrated Watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee.

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Chee has an exhibition opening at the Tweed Museum of Art at UMD. It's the first time Chee's work has been showcased there since 1992, and it runs all the way through September 20.

"The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014" features 40 watercolor paintings created over the past 40 years (1974-2014), including the "Duluth Depot" of 1974, which was his first painting exhibited with the American Watercolor Society. 

Another prominent piece that can be found at Tweed is Chee's monumental "100 Koi" painting, which boasts a breathtaking colorful canvass said to be the size of three elephants. Chee says he had always wanted to do a large painting, and felt that the time was right in 2014, when "100 Koi" was completed. 

While Chee's watercolor paintings are beautiful on screen, they pale in comparison to a viewing in-person. That's why the Tweed Museum of Art is hosting a summer of Chee's work, spanning 40 years of his successful career.

Chee says the close-knit team at Tweed went out of their way to make this show the best presentation possible, and he is very grateful for their hard work. 

You have a chance to see Chee's work, view a demonstration and even meet him yourself.

"The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014" opens Tuesday at 5 p.m. with a Members' Exclusive Cocktail Hour at the Tweed Museum of Art, at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

For a list of other events featuring Chee's work, click here.

To learn more about Cheng-Khee Chee, visit chengkheechee.com


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