CHIA YU CHIAN
b. Johor, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 1990
Signed and dated 'Yu Chian 1964'
Oil on board
60cm x 50cm
Private Collection, Australia.
ESTIMATE RM 18,000 - 30,000
PRICE REALISED RM 39,200
A remarkable painter, Chia Yu Chian specialised in both Eastern and Western techniques. With the integration of knowledge in both painting methods, he transformed local landscapes into picturesque works of art. Depicted here is a scene at entrance of a Buddhist temple with a group of people congregating at the gate. His excellent spatial arrangement portrays two temple complexes behind a wall with iron grills; lush foliages on the left side of the compound in the middle ground of the picture plane; and the vast skies in the background with spacious driveway in the foreground. His controlled brushworks merge both neutral and vivid palettes on canvas.
Chia Yu Chian attended Pei Wah Primary School in Johor followed by secondary education at Singapore Chinese High School. He was then enrolled to Christ Church English School in Singapore and later learnt French language at the Alliance Francaise de Singapour in Singapore before attending art school in Paris. He obtained an Academic Certificate in February 1959 certified by Jean Aurillac, the French Consular General to Singapore since May 1958. The certificate which was written by then Director of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) attested that the student Chia Yu Chian had even while studying painting over the course of two years, held exhibitions of critical acclaim. The recommendation enabled him to enroll in the second year of Western painting at NAFA where he studied under Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng, both pioneer masters in the Singapore art scene. Chia received a French government scholarship with this certificate to study in the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris from where he graduated in 1962. He was the first artist from the Straits Settlements to have been granted such prestige. In the following years, such scholarships had only been given to some of the more renowned artists from the Indian subcontinent and also China. During the span of his illustrious career, he had held a significant number of solo exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India and in Europe namely in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain. He had also participated in many regional and international group shows. His works are in the collection of private individuals and institutions around the world. He had produced a grand mural titled Life in Malaysia for the Malaysian Embassy in Paris and portraits for various Malaysian government and political luminaries.