Singapore, Art Commune Gallery, Cheong Soo Pieng: Drawings of Life, 31 May - 11 June 2014
Cheong Soo Pieng: Drawings of Life, Art Commune Gallery, Singapore, 2014, p. 14, colour illustration
Boasting extraordinary nuance, the two silk works, Sister and Village Life, are testaments to Cheong Soo Pieng’s artistic innovation. Silk is a challenging medium demanding a masterful command of the delicate material as well as a technical dexterity in controlling the inks. The rarity of silk paintings among Soo Pieng’s expansive oeuvre makes these two pieces particularly striking, not least because they demonstrate the artist’s remarkable versatility. Bearing all the hallmarks of quintessential Soo Pieng works, the figures are stylized with willowy limbs and exaggerated features. The subject matter of both paintings—village folk decked in traditional outfits surrounded by bucolic surroundings—is characteristic of the artist’s keen interest in the minutiae of quotidian life—birdcages, batik blouses, bamboo huts. For followers of Soo Pieng, Sister and Village Life are unique examples of the pioneer’s love for experimentation and masterful understanding of multiple mediums.
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