HOE SAY YONG
b. Johor, 1956
RED VARIATIONS III, 2008
Signed 'S Y HOE' lower left.
Inscribed 'NAME: HOE SAY YONG
TITLE:RED VARIATIONS III
MEDIUM:OIL ON CANVAS’ on reverse
Oil on canvas
90cm x 90cm
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 8,000 - 10,000
PRICE REALISED RM 18,700
The red-and-blue combo, a forging of hot and cold, is a favourite palette of Hoe Say Yong when he started his Reflection series in 1986. The series has gone through various changes in form, style and colours. The water’s surface has become his canvas in exploring different realities of unexpected harmony, fluidity and an imaginative colour play. It has become like a magic mirror ruminating about life from the eye to the heart and the soul and reflected through colours, patterns and simulated movement. In an interview with Say Yong where he had expressed his views on his decision to paint water ripples, “Reflection to me is only a subject, a theme. It is what is behind the reflection that matters. It is a projection of my mind, or an impression of surrounding issues that concern me.” The great watercolourist Chang Fee Ming was moved to observe: “More than the scintillating water reflections, Hoe Say Yong’s recent works evoke deeper meanings with their dark but rich colours and in ‘weighted’ movements.”
Hoe Say Yong obtained his Diploma at the Kuala Lumpur College of Art (1975 to 1977) and in 1982, he had his first solo in Johor. From still life of fishes wrapped in vernacular newspapers, he developed his trademark Reflection series in 1986 and held his first solo on this series in 2009, first at Alpha Utara Gallery (Penang) and then Artfolio (Kuala Lumpur) and Artfolio (Singapore, 2010). He won the Asia Art 2011 award organised by the Korea Culture Art Research Institute and followed it up with an exhibition 24 Solar Terms, at the Seoul Metro Art Centre in South Korea. He takes part regularly in several international exhibitions like the Langkawi International Arts Festival in 2000, the Asian Watercolours, the Asian Invitational Art Exhibition and the Korean Nam Song Art Fair.
Hoe Say Yong: Reflections, Catalogue: Artfolio, Kuala Lumpur.
Imagery: Works by Hoe Say Yong, Pipal Fine Art Kuala Lumpur, 2011.