The exhibited paintings and prints will be available for purchase,
and the artist has agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds to
Lee Dowling, Mr. Foo's former Lincoln College art instructor and
a Lincoln-based artist, served on the committee that brought him
back for the special exhibit.
Foo, a native of Malaysia, has been described as a "poet
painter." He has received international acclaim for his exquisite
acrylic paintings in which he synthesizes Eastern philosophy with
Western aesthetics and techniques to create romantic visions of
As a young man, Foo received a scholarship to study art in the
United States. His formal education and training as an artist began
at Lincoln College, where he graduated with an associate degree. He
continued his studies at the University of Illinois, where he earned
a bachelor's degree in fine arts with high honors and a master's
degree in art education.
His art is part of public and private collections around the
world, including Singapore, Europe, Japan, Korea, Africa, China,
South America, the U.S. and his native Malaysia. It has also been
added to the permanent collections of many museums, including the
National Museum and Art Gallery of Singapore, National Art Gallery
of Malaysia, and Contemporary Museum of Art in Bolivia.
Beyond the commercial success of his art, Foo's reputation as a
great teacher has made him highly sought after by art programs
around the world. He has taught in Long Island, N.Y.; Trenton, N.J.;
Malaysia; the American School in Singapore; and in Africa, where he
served as head of the creative arts faculty at the International
School of Tanganyika in Tanzania.
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Several retrospective books of his work have been published,
including "Foo Hong Tatt -- Paradise Regained" in 2000 by the Penang
Art Gallery in conjunction with a solo exhibit of his work in his
hometown of Penang, Malaysia; and "Poetic Impulse and Fragrance of
Spirituality," which was published in 2003 in conjunction with an
exhibit sponsored by the Penang Art Museum at the Pinang Galeri,
Dewan Seri Pinang.
Foo maintains his own studio and gallery in Schnecksville, Pa. A
complete biography, artist statement and additional information on
his art may be found at
For additional information on the exhibit at Lincoln College,
contact Herb Reichelt in the advancement office at 217-732-3155,
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