Lot 089

b. Kuala Lumpur, 1969


Signed and dated "Siew Ying 1997" on reverse
Mixed media on paper laid on canvas
148cm x 100cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 20,000

Chong Siew Ying remains grounded in the painterly traditions of both Eastern and Western sensibilities. A devoted aesthete, she is fêted for her bold gestural brush marks and expressive compositions. Her work continues to convey a distinct visual poetry that is profoundly emotive. She embraces broad themes in her works comprising of nature, human psychology and emotions making her a lyrical and elegant painter.

This early piece illustrates repetitive mosaics of two silhouette figures rendered in the manner of Pop art and silkscreen technique resembling Andy Warhol’s much famed Car Crash silkscreen works. The pastel colour palette conveys femininity, an association of Siew Ying’s quintessential theme. This work was perhaps completed during her transition phase upon graduating from the etching school L’Atelier 63 prior to returning home.

Chong Siew Ying’s bold figures have opened new vistas into the art, psychology and physiology of painting the body, what with her latest series where Chinese philosophy and inkand-brush starkness are infused. Her figures were transformed after studying at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Versailles (1991 to 1994) and then the L’Atelier 63 (1994 to 1996). Her early tutelage was at the Petaling Jaya College of Art and Design (Graphic Design, Diploma, 1990). On her return from Paris, she was selected for Rimbun Dahan artists’ residency from 1999 to 2000, which was followed by another at the Vermont Studio Centre in the United States in 2001. In 2002, she clinched a Special Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition and she was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2005. Her solo exhibitions in the region include Many Splendoured Things (2006), Going Away, Coming Home (2002) and Chong Siew Ying: Selected Works 1996-1997 in Kuala Lumpur, 1998. In Paris, she had solo exhibitions at the Maison Tch’A, Atelier D.Maravel and Gallery Café Panique. Her works are collected by the National Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur as well as respected private collections in Malaysia, Singapore, France and the USA .