Ching Choong Lychees
The Artist and the Work of Art
Although little is known about this artist, Choong Ching was active in the 1970s and 1980s producing traditional watercolour images . This is a beautiful example of Chinese brushwork and captures the detail of the lychee fruit and foilage. It is delicately composed with the lychees adding the essential touch of colour.
According to the Britannica Encyclopeadia, lychee, (Litchi chinensis), also spelled litchi or lichi, evergreen tree of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), grown for its edible fruit. Lychee is native to Southeast Asia and has been a favourite fruit of the Cantonese since ancient times. The fruit is usually eaten fresh but can also be canned or dried. The flavour of the fresh pulp is aromatic and musky, and the dried pulp is acidic and very sweet.