Lot 013

Kuo Juping
b. China, 1908 – d. Penang, 1966

House On A Slope

signed (lower right)
pastel on paper, 25 x 34cm

Private collection, Penang

The Art of Khaw Sia & Kuo Ju Ping Pioneer Artists,
Dato’ Dr. Tan Chee Khuan, The Art Gallery Penang, 2014, p. 347

ESTIMATE RM 3,800 – 7,500
Depicted in the scene is a house built on a hill slope surrounded by mother nature. It must be peaceful and quiet to live here, far away from the busy city life and concrete jungle. The colours range from shades of green and brown, rendering stillness in this work.

Kuo Juping (the name was taken after a water plant) was in the pioneering batch of students at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore but had to return a year before graduating to tend to his father’s import-export business, Sing Guan Thye & Co. He was a founding member of Thursday Art Group and Penang Chinese Art Club in 1936. He was one of the first artists to paint the ordinary people and places such as rubber estates, oil palms / cocoa plantations, paddy fields, kampung and make-shift hawker centres. He was a mentor of Tan Choon Ghee (1930-2010) who became a legendary watercolourist. Kuo died of a stroke in March 1966 at the age of 58.