Oil on canvas
Private Collection, Singapore (Acquired directly from the artist)
"Colour in the subject" is not mere decoration but "the main theme" itself in Soo Pieng's artworks, while colours in the background and foreground play supporting roles. These different roles of colour in different parts of a work are carefully appointed and balanced to produce "harmony." Even at his most figurative, Soo Pieng is a consummate artist of the abstract. The relationship between colour and composition in his art demonstrates the practical way in which colour is used to structure and articulate his thoughts and feelings about a subject. The harmony that is the effect of the balance of "colours and variations in tones" is also the effect of an idea expressed fluently, unaffectedly, pleasingly.
YEO WEI WEI, CHEONG SOO PIENG: VISION OF SOUTHEAST ASIA, THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY, SINGAPORE, 2010, P.180.
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