The late Wu Tsai Yen (1911-2001) was an eminent finger painter who has been credited to have revived international interest in the art of finger painting, of which the last great specialist exponent was the Qing dynasty artist Gao Qipei (1660-1734).

Having settled in Singapore by 1938, he was amongst the early traditional Chinese ink painting teachers at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts when it was founded in the same year. His numerous exhibitions and demonstrations, both local and overseas, have won him much admiration and acclaim. In addition, as founder of the San Yi Finger Painting Society -- the world's first such organisation -- in 1978, his influence on later generations of artists has been considerable.

Those Elegant Fingers

Finger Painting demonstration by Mdm Lim Sue Luan, President of Singapore San Yi Finger Painting Society