Lot 85 | Auction XIV

LOT 85

(B. Johor, 1956)

Gentle Breeze, 2014

Signed “SYH” on lower right
Titled and dated on verso
Oil on canvas
55 x 55 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 3,920

“Reflection to me is only a subject, a theme. It is what is behind the reflection that matters. It is a projection of my mind, or an impression of surrounding issues that concern me.”

The combination of cool colours mixed with a generous amount of reds thrown in gives the impression of a myriad of emotions involved during the execution of this piece. It moves and flows ever so gently, as a gentle breeze blows. The water’s surface has become his canvas in exploring different realities of unexpected harmony, fluidity and an imaginative colour play.

Watercolourist Chang Fee Ming once commented on Hoe’s work, saying, “ore than the scintillating water reflections, Hoe Say Yong’s recent works evoke deeper meanings with their dark but rich colours and in ‘weighted’ movements.”

Hoe Say Yeong was born in Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia and obtained his Diploma at the Kuala Lumpur College of Art (1975 to 1977) and in 1982, he had his first solo in Johor. He won the Asia Art 2011 award organised by the Korea Culture Art Research Institute and followed it up with an exhibition 24 Solar Terms, at the Seoul Metro Art Centre in South Korea.