CHEONG SOO PIENG
b. China, 1917 - d. Singapore, 1983
KAMPUNG SCENE, 1952
Signed and dated 'SOO PIENG 52' (lower right)
Ink on paper
25cm x 35cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 10,000 - 15,000
PRICE REALISED RM 12,320
|Presented here is a fine drawing by prolific artist and art educator Cheong Soo Pieng. His observant nature demands the creation of numerous prepatory work and spontaneous sketches such as this. Dated 1952, he observes the landscape of pre-Independence Malaya by illustrating a typical kampong scene with animals such as goats and chicken roaming around and resting in the yard.
Cheong Soo Pieng was a seminal figure of the Nanyang style, greatly influencing artists in the region with his stylised figures of elongated limbs and torsos. The style was further perfected after a trip to Bali with fellow artists Liu Kang, Chen Chong Swee and Chen Wen Hsi in 1952. He studied at the Xiamen and Xinhua Fine Art Academies and taught his alma mater before he migrated to Singapore in 1946 via Hong Kong. In Singapore, he lectured at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 1947 to 1961. He was conferred the Singapore Meritorious Service Award in 1962 and was honoured with a retrospective at National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 1967, showcasing 20 years of his works. A posthumous exhibition titled Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds was held at Singapore Art Museum in 2010.