KUO JU PING
b. China, 1913 – d. Penang, 1966
CHEW JETTY, c. 1950s
Signed ‘JU PING’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas stretched on board
47cm x 59cm
Private Collection, Penang.
Kuo Ju Ping Memorial Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery,
1997; illustrated on exhibition catalogue page 30.
ESTIMATE RM 15,000 - 25,000
PRICE REALISED RM 26,880
|Created as early as 1950s, this scenic view of the Chew Jetty located in Penang is captured by accomplished Nanyang painter Kuo Ju Ping. Depicted here is a row of stilt houses along the Chew Clan Jetty with boats moored by the pier. A man is seen standing in the blue waters while a few figures are seen walking on the jetty. The artist employs a balanced warm and cool tone with short and broad brush strokes to illustrate a charming landscape. The Chew Jetty is known to be the most prominent one among the eight clan jetties at Weld Quay. In modern days, the Chew Jetty is the site for mural artist Ernest Zacharevic’s Mirrors George Town project in conjunction with George Town Festival in 2012.
Kuo Ju Ping was formerly known as Koay Seng Chye but he changed his name to something more propitious, after a water plant. He was from the pioneering batch of students at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore under the founder Lim Hak Tai in early 1941, but his studies was disrupted by the Japanese Occupation in December that year. He was also called back to Penang to help run his father’s import-export business, Sin Guan Thye Company on Victoria Street. He founded the Thursday Art Group in 1957 and the Penang Chinese Art Club in 1936. He was accorded a memorial exhibition by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1997.