Lot 003

b. Selangor, 1952

LIFE I, 2000

Signed in Chinese with seal (upper left)
Chinese ink and colour on paper
30cm x 48cm

Private Collection, Penang

ESTIMATE  RM 3,000 - 5,000

In the mist of time, soldiers on horseback follow the angles of an opened folder of the Chinese accordion-book format, with a downwards-ascent motion in a pursuit. There is the drama of conflict testing one’s character and strength, and where speed, agility and control are the keys. The vigorous ride and the carrying of the flags on horseback indicates that it could not have been a hunting excursion. The background is a homogenous carpet of bluish light green with white powder patches. The whole story is about one of constant, incessant strife and conflicts, from the past to the present, and probably to the future. That is the reality of life, and the tablet of painted images is like a book of fortune.

Yong Chien Chin boasts of a galaxy of Chinese-brush masters in his early years: Yang Sing Sum in Hong Kong (1982), American-turned-Singaporean David Kwo (1983), Melbourne-based Malaysian-born Anthony Sum, and Malaysian masters Chung Chen Sun and Wong Chin Chin. A graduate of Post-Diploma in Fine Arts from the Malaysian Institute of Art in Kuala Lumpur, he taught Art at Chen Moh Primary School, Petaling Jaya, and on batik painting at the Malayan Teacher’s Training College. His first solo exhibition was at the Art House Gallery in Kuala Lumpur in 1981, which is followed by a number of solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Canada, Korea and Taiwan. The series of works exhibited in his solo exhibitions titled Terracotta Warriors and Legend of The Stones in 1995 gained him much acclaim. A committee member of the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Shui-Mo Art Society and the Malaysian Lin-Nan Art Society, Yong Chien Chin’s works are collected extensively by institutions and individual collectors locally and abroad.