Lot 77 | 15 August 2021


LOT 77


B. Penang, 1936

Street Scene, 1995

Signed and dated “Pooi Yip 95” on lower left

Oil on canvas

68 x 49.5 cm

Private Collection, Sarawak

RM 6,600 – RM 10,000

Born in Penang in 1936, Cheung Pooi Yip moved to Kedah as a child and has since lived in Sungai Petani. Although a professional frame maker, he also produced artwork. His frame making business also led him into association with two prominent Penang artists at the time, Datuk Chuah Thean Teng and Tan Choon Ghee, who inspired his own work. His main mediums are oil and acrylic. Cheung emerged in the local art scene in 1961 when his paintings were selected for the Singapore Local Artists Annual Show. Cheung’s artworks document the everyday lifestyle of people around him and nature. There is a heavy presence of vertical and horizontal lines in his urbanscapes, which emphasises the inorganic buildings in contrast with the organic figures. Cheung Pooi Yip had his first solo show in Penang in 1981, and went on to exhibit internationally in China, Jordan, and Singapore as well as Malaysia.