b. Penang, 1984
TABLE OF THE "ME GENERATION", 2010
Signed and dated ‘Renny 2010' lower right
Oil on canvas
120cm x 150cm
Private collection, Penang
ESTIMATE RM 4,800 - 6,000
|Renny Cheng graduated from the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan where he spent three years studying fine arts before returning to Malaysia. Renny’s style involves figures in surreal settings. Many of his works feature the artist himself as well as close friends and relatives. Rather than being inspired by external sources, the artist who believes in freedom of expression relies on his imagination to create his skilful and thought provoking pieces. His subject matter is indicative of his concerns with societal and urban afflictions.
Renny’s exhibition experiences involve showing in Taiwan, China and Malaysia. In 2006, he participated in the ‘Six People’s Exhibition’ in Taiwan, and in 2007 ‘Staircase’ in Penang, and the 4th New Expression of Asian Arts Exhibition in Henan, China. His latest shows include ‘Impression of Malaysia Contemporary Art Exhibition’ in Penang and ‘The First New Expression of World Art Bienniale’ in China, both in 2011.
In Table of the “Me Generation”, three supposed friends are depicted around a table. The stark setting seems to be set in a home rather than restaurant as packets of crisps are splayed across the tabletop. In an exceptional portrayal of contemporary issues that beset the younger generation, Renny paints the facial expressions of his characters as ones of disillusionment, anger and perhaps annoyance. Two seem to be arguing while one holding a book looks directly at the viewer with a gaze of irritation. The title suggests some form of self involvement, a young generation of peoples that have become more concerned with themselves rather than that of community. Each person seems isolated from the others even though they are sitting at the same table, each absorbed with their own actions.
‘Past, Present and Future Timelines of Mutiara Artists’, Galeri Seni Mutiara, Penang 2012