YAU BEE LING
b. Selangor, 1972
WEDDING BANQUET, 2000
Signed and dated 'BeeLing 2000’ lower right
Oil on canvas
62cm x 62cm
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 7,000 - 10,000
PRICE REALISED RM 7,700
Yau Bee Ling depicts here in her peculiar manner of sophistication - a couple in elegant red, possibly the bride and groom waiting for their guests to arrive, the tables having been set are tilted in display style and the food ready. For the artist, this was also a sort of a ‘canvas rehearsal’ of her own marriage three years later to fellow artist Choy Chun Wei. There is a sense of a renewed joyfulness in comparison to her earlier canvases that portray family gatherings at dinner, where the ‘props’ are less extravagant and the characters ordinary-looking.
Yau Bee Ling graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1995 with a Diploma in Fine Art (Major in Painting). After two years of being married to fellow artist Choy Chun Wei, they were both selected for the Rimbun Dahan artist-in-residence in 2005 – the first husband-and-wife team to be on the list since its inception in 1994. Bee Ling’s first big break was when she was selected for the 9th Asian Art Biennale in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1999. The recognition followed when she was selected for prestigious exhibitions such as the Singapore Sculpture Square (2000), the 2nd Fukuoka Triennial, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan (2002) and the Soul of Asia: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Collection exhibition in Hokkaido, Japan (2004). Her solo exhibitions Portraits of Paradox (2008) and most recently The Women (2013) were held at Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.