Lot 066

b. China, 1913 - d. Penang, 1966

JETTY LIFE, undated

Oil on board
50cm x 64cm

Private Collection, Penang.

Kuo Ju Ping Memorial Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery, 1997; illustrated on page 30

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 25,000

A theme favoured by the accomplished painter Kuo Ju Ping, the clan jetties located in Weld Quay, Penang is an early Chinese settlement which was originally constructed to house the dock labourers and indentured coolies who could not afford accommodation on land. Illustrated here is a view of stilt houses along the jetty and a temple located at the entrance distinguished by the temple’s circular windows and an iron furnace outside. A man adorning a conical hat sits on the temple steps and a woman in traditional attire is seen walking towards the jetty entrance. Over a century old, the waterfront dwelling in Georgetown has been listed a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2008.

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 in 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.

Kuo Ju Ping Memorial Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery, 1997.