Lot 70 | Auction XIV

LOT 70

(B. Perak, 1948)

Kampung Life Series, 1997

Signed and dated “Y.S.L. 25.6.97 KEDAH” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
76 x 76 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 20,160

This is a beautifully painted piece by Yeong Seak Ling. The baby cot with a kampong background brings one back to the
Renaissance portraiture influences, as the combination of classical styles with modern execution somewhat shows the efforts to preserve and enrich traditional treasures in a modern world.

Yeong Seak Ling is a self-taught artist who is known to be one of the masters in watercolour art. His body of art normally encompasses acrylic and oil paintings. His passion for art started in his early schooling years where he was one of the youngest artists to win the Major Award in the Salon Malaysian Art Competition then. Yeong is one of the founding members of the earliest contemporary art groups in the 1970s called the ‘Utara Art Group’ and he will continue to be actively involved with such movements where he founded the ArtGrup Penang in 2003 in which he is currently the president.

Yeong’s earlier works were known to be in abstract art where used to paint on 8 foot canvases using an innovative technique in watercolours. His works were exemplary and this was when he won the major awards for the Malaysian Landscape-Water Colour Competitions in 1982 and 1984 respectively. A full time artist since 1991, Yeong’s work is known for her rendering of Malaysian stil-life landscapes that encompassed the likes of plantations, animals and such.