Cheong Soo Pieng
Oil on board
39.7 x 49.4 cm
Cheong Soo Pieng uses predominantly cool colours with some touches of warm orange in this landscape painting. The bold black strokes used to depict a tree in the foreground create a focal point among a wide range of brushstrokes. Together, they create a sense of harmony and gentle movement in the composition.
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.
Gift of Singapore Totalisator Board.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
Image courtesy of National Heritage Board.