The ‘code’ 5.12.92 indicates the date of completion of this watercolour from the Pigeon Series. Works completed earlier than this, of historical landmarks, were featured in the 1993 calendar of the Datuk Keramat Smelting Berhad. The pigeons have become Yeong Seak Ling’s Poetic Realism trademark, symbolic of the free spirit in thought and in action. This is truly a masterpiece with its intricate use of watercolour in astounding detail. The bold pavement perspective cuts a sweeping slant, leaving only a small triangle on the top left revealing the bottom part of a parked trishaw. Pigeons perched on the ground and in flight with their shadows vie with the fallen dried leaves.
Yeong Seak Ling alias Yeong Chee Chong founded the Utara Art Group in 1977 and the Art Group Penang in 2003 with the International Chapter in 2008. He was also a founding member of the Penang Watercolour Society in 1978. From 1996 to 1997, he founded Art Point Gallery in Penang. He first made his mark when he won the 3rd Prize (watercolours) in Salon Malaysia in 1966, and was winner of the Malaysian Landscape Watercolour Exhibition in 1982 and 1983. A self taught artist, his art career started with him painting Penang scenes of heritage buildings and culture since 1990 and he decided to go fulltime into art in 1991. Yeong has participated in various group shows in and around the region - Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, China, Denmark, Japan and even as far as Argentina. He is recognised as one of the masters of watercolour painting though his body of art also includes acrylic and oil paintings. Yeong’s work is mostly known for his rendering of Malaysian still life and landscapes and are part of collections in the National Art Gallery Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia, The Dragon Museum of Art in Taiwan as well as in several prominent private collections locally and internationally.