CHEUNG POOI YIP
B. Penang, 1936
Dua Penari, 1994
Signed and dated “Pooiyip 94” on lower right
Oil on canvas
56 x 44.5 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kedah
RM3,000 – RM6,000
Cheung Pooi Yip is noted for his constant use of bold colours, jagged and rough lines, as well as irregular rhythms in his painting. This time, he depicts a moment during a Malay traditional dance, where a couple lose themselves in the art. Although the subject is often the muse for many artists, this piece is distinctively Cheung Pooi Yip, with haphazard brush strokes and colours thrown it to give that truly exclusive attribute.
Born in Penang in 1936, Cheung Pooi Yip moved to Kedah, where he improved and refined his talent and skills in painting. Despite having no formal training in art, he aspired to become an artist. However, he became a frameworker instead due to the economy, while producing artworks at the same time. After emerging in the local art scene in 1961, his paintings were selected for Singapore’s local artists’ annual show. Since then, he has been participating in plenty of exhibitions, gaining recognitions and awards.