Lot 092

b. Penang, 1960


Signed and dated ‘WHC 94’ (lower right)
Charcoal on paper
54.5cm x 38.5cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 10,000
An accomplished multidisciplinary artist and academician, Wong Hoy Cheong is celebrated for his explorations in issues concerning cultural difference, race, ethnicity, migration, discrimination and history. Created as part of the Migrants series, this piece depicts a grown male figure wrapped in a cloth implying a newborn child set in a rubber estate plantation. Reference can be traced to a larger piece produced in the same year titled She Was Married at 14 and She Had 14 Children, a powerful painting depicting Hoy Cheong’s paternal grandmother and her hardships raising her fourteen children as a rubber tapper in colonial Malaya. The artwork is currently in the permanent collection of the National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

Wong Hoy Cheong’s intellectual pedigree precedes his works: a double Masters – Masters in Fine Arts (Painting), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1986) and Masters in Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1984). He has taught Art locally and in Britain and has also done lighting and props for theatre and drama. He was awarded the Australian Cultural Award in 1992. He was artist-in-residence in Gasworks, London in 2002; the Canberra Institute of the Art, Australia in 1992; Visiting Fellow in the Goldsmith College in 1999 and Visiting Tutor in the Central St Martin’s of London in 1988. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude at Brandeis University, USA in 1982. His first solo (open studio in Boston, USA) and retrospective (Eslite Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan) were both overseas. His work Re: Looking, 2002-2003, an installation of video set in a constructed living room was displayed at the Zone of Urgency show curated by Hou Hanru in the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.