Wood Carving Master 

Cheh Kai Hon

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Cheh Kai Hon studied Chinese Calligraphy and Seal Carving under Master Yong Cheong Thye, and is recognized as one of Asia Pacific’s most respected wood carver. His skills is much sort after. Cheh has executed important royal commissions from Asian monarchs, such as the King of Malaysia , His Majesty Sultan Azlan Shah.

He has also successfully completed a commission to carve the official presidential crest on a chair used by The President of the Republic of Singapore, which is displayed in the Singapore Parliament House. Another important milestone for Cheh was his execution of the fine wood detailing inside the luxuriously appointed carriages of the world-famous Orient Express Train.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1986 Participated in the Singapore National Day Carnival Art Fair

  • 1988 Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Seal Carving in London, UK

  • 1989 Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Finger Painting in Otago, New Zealand. Held Calligraphy Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in memory of the late Master Calligrapher Tsue Ta Ti

  • 1990 Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate calligraphy, Finland

  • 1995 Participated in “Seoul 95’ International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Korea

  • 1996 Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Calligraphy and Finger

  • 1996 Painting in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 1996 Participated in “1st International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Singapore

  • 1996 Participated in “International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Tokyo, Japan

  • 1997 Participated in “Seoul 97’International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Korea

  • 1997 Participated in “2nd International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition”, Tokyo, Japan; and represented Shicheng Calligraphy & Seal Carving Society at the Opening Ceremony and Seminal

  • 1997 Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Chinese Calligraphy in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 1998 Participated in “3rd International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition” held in Wen Zhou, Zhejiang province, China.

  • 1998 Held “The Rising Phoenix”Two men Calligraphy Carving Exhibition in Singapore

  • 1998 Invited by Singapore Tourism Board to demonstrate Chinese Calligraphy in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 1999 Participated in “4th International Calligraphy Carving Exhibition “ Seoul, Korea

  • 2000 Participated in “International New Era Oracles Calligraphy Exhibition”, Anyang , China “Hanlin Wood Carving” solo exhibition, Singapore

 

Selected Collections:

  • 2003 – A wood carving presented to the Singapore President, His Excellency, Mr. S. R. Nathan by the Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar Dr. Lily Neo during Mid-Autumn Festival in 2003. The subject of the art piece was “Favorable Weather

  • A wood carving presented to their Majesties, The Emperor & Empress of Japan, by Singapore Prime Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong on the occasion of the ASEAN – Japan Commemorative Summit, 11-12 December 2003. The subject of the art piece was “Exuberance”.