Cheong Soo Pieng
Oil on canvas
94 x 78 cm
This painting depicts a puppet maker making dolls, surrounded by children who are curious about his craft. Cheong Soo Pieng makes use of bold and bright colours as well as elements of Cubism in this painting. The use of thick lines combined with vibrant colours brings out the liveliness of the scene.
Born in Xiamen, China, Cheong Soo Pieng (1914-1983) was an accomplished ink painter who trained at the Xiamen Academy of Art and Xinhua Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai. Arriving in Singapore in 1946, he lectured at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 1947-1961. His trip to Bali with fellow artists Chen Chong Swee, Chen Wen Hsi and Liu Kang in 1952 sealed his standing as a pivotal figure in Singapore modern art. This group of artists, among others, formed the Nanyang School, a synthesis of Chinese and European modern painting styles with local subject matter. Cheong was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1962.
Donated by Loke Wan Tho.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
Image courtesy of National Heritage Board.