Lot 039

b. Perak, 1948


Signed in Chinese and inscribed ‘Y.S.L. 16.1.95 PENANG’ (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
56cm x 75cm

Private Collection, Selangor.

ESTIMATE  RM 20,000 - 30,000


Yeong Seak Ling’s second appearance at Henry Butcher Art auction since his first in 2012 boasts a charming illustration of a kampong house, displaying an appreciation for traditional architectural forms - mainly built using renewable materials such as timber - on stilts or piles to prevent the intrusion of wild animals, designed harmoniously adorning intricately carved wood at window bays and vernacular roof for ventilation. The artist’s observant nature is evident here through meticulous rendering of texture and simultaneously capturing the dwelling’s serene atmosphere.

Yeong Seak Ling alias Yeong Chee Chong founded the Utara Art Group in 1977 and the Art Group Penang in 2003 with the International Chapter in 2008. He was also a founding member of the Penang Watercolour Society in 1978. From 1996 to 1997, he founded Art Point Gallery in Penang. He first made his mark when he won the 3rd Prize (watercolours) in Salon Malaysia in 1966, and was winner of the Malaysian Landscape Watercolour Exhibition in 1982 and 1983. A self taught artist, his art career started with him painting Penang scenes of heritage buildings and culture since 1990 and he decided to go fulltime into art in 1991. Yeong has participated in various international group shows namely in Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, China, Denmark, Japan and even as far as Argentina. He is recognised as one of the masters of watercolour painting though his body of art also includes acrylic and oil paintings. Yeong’s works is mostly known for his rendering of Malaysian still life and landscapes and are part of collections in the National Art Gallery Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia, The Dragon Museum of Art in Taiwan as well as in several prominent private collections locally and abroad.