b. China, 1917 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 1987
乐在其中 FOUR HAPPY CHILDREN, 1980
46cm x 38cm (ink painting)
Signed and dated in Chinese with seal lower left
Ink and colour on rice paper mounted on scroll
30cm x 38cm (calligraphy)
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 9,000 - 12,000
PRICE REALISED RM 41,800
Huang Yao had always adored children and this special affinity was evident in many of his works. Four cherubic boys are depicted here merrily sitting under a tree performing an ancient Chinese activity – ear cleaning. The theatrical calligraphic banner above reads: ‘Enjoying themselves’ and the inscription below says: ‘Interesting’ – effortlessly done in his chu yun shu stamp. He developed this upside-down calligraphy meaning Emerging Cloud Writing, which rises naturally from the corner of his paintings like the appearance of clouds in the sky. The idea is to maintain a sense of innocence in his cartoons and paintings of children at play – as if written by a child.
Return To Innocence: Huang Yao’s Painting of Happy Children, Dr Tan May Ling.
Rediscovered Talent, Huang Yao: Cartoonist/Scholar/Painter, Shanghai Art Museum, 2011.