CHEUNG POOI YIP
(B. Penang, 1936)
The Bouquet, 2001
Signed and dated “POOI YIP 2001” on lower left
Oil on canvas
56 x 44.5 cm
Private Collection, Kedah
Acquired directly from the artist
SOLD – RM 4,130
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, in this still-life painting of a vase filled with flowers, the entire piece is vibrant and bursting with luminosity. Although the subject of still-life can be considered nondescript, 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.