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Chong Siew Ying (B. 1969)
Chong Siew Ying (B. 1969)

Idylle 8

Chong Siew Ying (B. 1969)
Idylle 8
signed Siew Ying 2008 (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
173.5 x 190.5 cm. (68 1/8 x 75 1/4 in.)
Painted in 2008
Collection of Art & Hope LLP, a Singapore social enterprise (sold to benefit underprivileged children and students in Thailand and Myanmar)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Idylle: New Paintings by Chong Siew Ying, 21 May-14 June 2008.

Lot Essay

Born in 1969 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Chong Siew Ying left for France in 1990 to pursue Fine Arts at ?cole des Beaux-Arts de Versailles. Despite the language barrier as she was unable to speak English or French. Siew Ying's passion and determination to become a fine artist was what led her to pursue her dream in the famous capital of the arts. Upon graduating, she studied and taught at international printmaking centre, Atelier 63 in Paris, whilst continuing her art and exhibiting in the city. Siew Ying's works have been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions across Asia, Europe and the United States of America.
Having had the liberating experiences of years of practising art in Paris, Siew Ying's practice is grounded in both Eastern and Western painterly sensibilities. Known for her expressive compositions made up of energetic gestural brush strokes, Siew Ying continues to develop new techniques of painting and methods of addressing subject matter as a means exploring painting as a form of visual poetry. Siew Ying's works encompass themes of human connection, homeland and belonging, is highly emotive and often portrays the human face and figure.
The artist is often travelling around the world as she is continuously searching for new inspirations. The diversity in cultures and landscapes that she has seen in both the East and the West somehow always emerges in her work, and this has allowed Siew Ying to be able to encapsulate the true meaning of belonging and human connection in her works.
Idylle 8 (Lot 619) features a male and female figure, whose facial expressions immediately capture your attention. Siew Ying's ability to capture human sentiments in its most spontaneous form causes the viewer to ponder on the intention of the unbridled laughter. The inclusion of the classical Chinese motifs such as the plum blossom and distant mountainous landscape in earthy tones in the painting typify the Asian sensibilities that Siew Ying is particularly interested in. The bright yellow flowers contrasted against the grey hues of both figures, stand out in the foreground of the painting, possibly a symbolic representation of joy, and delight that Siew Ying wanted to portray.

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