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Lot 084

b. China, 1917 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 1987

乔迁   MOVING HOME, 1980

Signed and dated in Chinese with seal lower left
Ink and colour on rice paper
45cm x 37cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 9,000

This painting shows three of his signature characters having a joyful time in the company of a cockerel, a hen and their chicks. As the title suggests, the jubilant children are moving the family of bird to a new abode. Painting the innocence of children brings Huang Yao back to the fond memories of his childhood.

Huang Yao’s ancestor can be traced to Huang Xiang, a filial son of the Eastern Han Dynasty and through his father, Huang Hanzhong, he was taught the traditional Chinese arts of calligraphy, painting, classical literature, philology, history and philosophy. He was raised in an environment that strongly appreciates arts and culture. In 1935, Huang Yao became Art Editor of the Shanghai Post and drew a huge following with his cartoon character, Niubizi, which had also become his nom de plume, from 1934 to 1956. He had written and published numerous educational books namely A Chinese Soldier (1941) for the army during the war in China, Ten Talks on Niubizi for art classes in schools which was later translated into Malay language as Eight Talks on Niubizi, Chongqing in Cartoon (1943) and many more.

He travelled extensively during his lifetime, leaving China for Vietnam before moving to Thailand, Singapore and finally settling down in Malaysia. His legacy has seen a great resurgence since his retrospective exhibitions in Singapore and Shanghai, in 2001 and 2011 respectively. More major museums are including works of Huang Yao into their list of pantheons. They include the British Museum, Ashmolen Museum, the National Palace Museum of Taiwan and the Shanghai Museum in China. A special memorial show by the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur will be attributed to Huang Yao from April 23 to June 21 this year

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.