Lot 120

b. China, 1913 - d. Penang, 1966


Oil on canvas laid on board
48cm x 57cm

Private Collection, Penang.

Kuo Ju Ping Memorial Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery, 1997; illustrated on exhibition catalogue page 31

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 25,000


Celebrated Nanyang painter Kuo Ju Ping illustrates a scene of a coastal community mending nets in a hut while waiting for their fish nets which are lined on tall poles to dry by the shores. Known as the “Cezanne of the East”, Kuo Ju Ping’s stylistic expression is greatly influenced by the French Impressionist - juxtapositions of hues to illustrate the clear blue sky and calm waters, goldenhued hut to portray the heat of the sun with shadows against the sand formed in a grid-like manner almost cubism in style - appropriating Cezanne’s Cubism period. True to the style of Nanyang, the artist incorporates local subject matter with Western technique to create a picture that defines the region.

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.