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Lot 31


b. Selangor, 1972

, 1997
Signed and dated 'Yau Bee Ling 97' lower right
Pencil on paper
28cm x 21cm

Signed and dated 'Yau Bee Ling 97' lower right
Pencil on paper
Right: 26cm x 18cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired directly from the artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 3,500 - 5,000

Yau Bee Ling’s drawings tend to be a visual diary of stages of her life and things that happen around her. Here, one image shows a poignant and intimate moment between a couple with the woman holding a flower behind her, while eight others around watch, each with a peculiar facial expression. The other image is more mirthful with the woman in the foreground agonising over some supposedly important decision as she holds a vase of flowers. She looks at the viewer, almost downheartedly, while the bespectacled man in the background with folded arms stare at her in displeasure.

Bee Ling graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1995. Her first break was when she was selected for the 9th Asian Art Biennale in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1999. She has an illustrious career that spans nearly thirteen years. Widely known for her vibrant and expressive works revolving around family values, her works utilise vivid colours and the layering on and scrapping back of paint.  The third millennium proved propitious to her art career for she took part in the Singapore Sculpture Square (2000), the 2nd Fukuoka Triennial in Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan (2002) and the Soul of Asia: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Collection Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan (2004). In 2005, she was selected as a artist-in-resident at Rimbun Dahan. Her works have been collected by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan and Galeri Petronas in Malaysia, as well as numerous private collections locally and abroad.