Following on from her solo Infinity
at Valentine Willie Fine Art Singapore, Siew Ying shares with audiences in Hong Kong, her continuing interrogation of landscape, memory, space and place. Informed by both traditional Chinese ink painting and European sensibilities she creates imagined charcoal mindscapes that play with texture and formal composition to communicate the infinite qualities of landscape. These sites of meditation, inspiration and drama present a stage for philosophical consideration of Man’s place and purpose in the world.
Her technique is unusual, in that she attaches large-scale paper-mounted canvases to her studio walls, and after she has drawn her imagery, laden with grainy textures from her plaster backdrops, she then places her work on the floor to layer it with a clear emulsion. Whilst wet she sweeps brushes across the surface and immediately pulls and lifts the canvas, merging charcoal and emulsion. The result of this labour-intensive process is an animated and atmospheric surface that has similarities to the fluid and meticulous strokes of ink painting. The influence of this traditional medium and its philosophical subject matter acts as a type of image inventory for Siew Ying to create her own imagined scenes and compositions, whether isolated trees, grand seascapes or vast skies. Triggering memories of places we have been, dreamt of or simply yearn to experience her work represents the power of nature to prompt self-introspection, conflict, freedom and ultimately peace.
Details of the art fair:
ART HK 12, ASIA ONE, Booth 1X13
17 - 20 May 2012
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 1, Level 1
OPENING DAY: Wednesday 16 May
14:00 - 17:00: Collectors' Preview
17:00 - 21:00: Vernissage
17 - 19 May: 12:00 - 19:00
20 May: 12:00 - 17:00
CHONG SIEW YING, (b. 1969 Kuala Lumpur) left Malaysia in 1990 to pursue her studies in arts in Paris, France. She returned to Malaysia in 1998, holding her first solo show in Kuala Lumpur that year. She was selected as artist-in-residence at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia in 1999 and was a recipient of the Freeman Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Centre in the United States in 2001. She was also a finalist for the Sovereign Art Prize in 2005. Her career has spanned a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Asia, as well as across Australia, Europe and the USA.
Chong Siew Ying remains a dedicated aesthete, grounded in the painterly traditions of both East and Western sensibilities. Well known for her strong gestural brush strokes and expressive compositional arrangements, Siew Ying continues to develop new techniques and approaches to subject matter that communicate a distinct visual poetry. A lyrical and elegant painter, her work is profoundly emotive, embracing broad themes such as nature, human psychology and emotions. As a multi-centred artist, travel and place continue to be an important influence on her practice. A true grand voyageur, she has conducted epic journeys overland from Europe to Asia, absorbing the cultures and landscapes of multiple places along the way that emerge in her work through a strong understanding of space and the human condition.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: Infinity, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore, 2011; Idylle (Part II), Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France, 2010; Frame of Mind, Ernst & Young Asian Art Outreach Exhibition, Singapore, 2009; Idylle, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2008; Chong Siew Ying, Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France, 2006; Many Splendoured Things, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2006; Mirror’s Edge, The Substation Gallery, Singapore, 2004 and Going Away Coming Home, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2002.
Selected group exhibitions include: Jejak, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2007; Footsteps, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2004; Of Shadows and Images, Kunst Museum, Malmo, Sweden and Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain, 2003; The Young Contemporaries Award Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2002; Through Our Eyes, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1999; 9th International Biennale of Print and Drawing Exhibition, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan, 1999 and the 4th Triennale Mondiale d’Estampes Contemporain, Chamalieres, France, 1997.