YEOH JIN LENG
B. Perak, 1929
Melawati Series, 1982
Signed and dated “Jin Leng 82” on lower left
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 89 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 90,000 – RM 150,000
Born in 1929, Yeoh Jin Leng started his career as a school teacher in Ipoh and in 1952 joined the Malayan Teachers’ Training College, Kirkby, Liverpool in the United Kingdom. It was there that his interest in art developed and after serving five years as a pioneer teacher in Kuala Terengganu, he received the first federal scholarship to further his art studies at the Chelsea School of Art and also the Institute of Education, University of London.
Upon his return to Malaysia, he became a leading artist and was a design coordinator for
Selangor Pewter for a year and a half. The Four Seasons Vase and the set of Malay Kerises are some of his designs. Following that, he joined the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) in 1984 and became Dean of Studies the following year.
He served MIA for 10 years and left in 1994 to devote more time to his art. He then became a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Art Gallery and has served as Chairman of the Programme Committee, developing various exhibitions and artistic projects for the Gallery.