Description: In this work, the figures are arranged in a pyramidal composition, which recalls the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. The figures are rendered with weight and solidity, perhaps also reminding one of nature personified as the source and guiding force of creation. Mother Nature needs to be preserved well. The jungle / forest / habitat of the natives shouldn’t be threatened, affected by man made causes, in the name of development.Chong Siew Ying first studied for her Diploma in Graphic Design at the Petaling College of Art and Design but impetuously decided to continue her studies in Paris in 1990, at the L’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Versailles (1991-1994) and then L’Atelier 63 (1994-1996), supporting herself by working part time as an au pair. Two artist’s residences — Rimbun Dahan, Selangor (1999-2000) and the Vermont Studio Centre, United States (2001, Freeman Asian Artist Fellowship) proved timely in her taking stock as well as tiding over her financial struggles. In 2002, she won a Special Awards in the highly coveted Young Contemporary Artists (BMS) competition, and she was a finalist in the Hong Kong Sovereign Art Prize in 2009. She was featured in Art Stage Singapore in 2015 (Being Human: Figuratism Of 16 Malaysian Artists). Even before she held her first solo in Kuala Lumpur of her selected works 1996-1997 in 1998, she has had solos in Paris, namely at the Maison TCH’A , Atelier D’ Maraval and Gallery Cafe Panique. Her solos in Malaysia include Crying With Trees (2014), Infinity (2011), Idylle: New Paintings (2008), Many Splendoured Things (2006), and Going Away, Coming Home (2002).
Dimensions: 70cm x 107cm
Artist or Maker: CHONG SIEW YING
Medium: Charcoal on paper
Provenance: Private collection, Selangor
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