Archive for April 22, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Cheong Soo Pieng….

Cheong Soo Pieng was born in Singapore in the year 1917.   Cheong Soo Pieng is best known for his work with the figure and depicting the daily life of his people.

In this clip we preview a show given for the artist at the National Gallery of Art in Singapore in 2010.

Was a longtime teacher at the Nangyang Academy and taught many students the keys of this painting style. The figures are stereotypical of what a person looked like in the region with wonderful almond eyes and bronzed skin with elongated limbs.

Pieng started art school at age 16 studying at the Xiamen Academy of Fine Art. To continue his studies the artist moved to Shanghai, China. His studies here were cut short by the outbreak of war.

Eventually the artist would leave China for Hong Kong in 1945. He then moved to Singapore where he found a wonderful teaching  job at Nangyang University.

His first solo show in China was in 1942, he displayed his large selection of watercolours. He painted in this medium as it was tough to find oil paints during this time period due World War 2.

The artist was very publicity shy and never had an interview with a reporter whose primary language was english.

The artist passed away in 1983 at the age of 66 years old

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including ink which range from $10,000 to $25,000. He also produced works in gouache, collages, and wood but not enough to form a pricing schedule. Oils range from $30,000 to $544,000.


Artist of the moment……Rex Homan….

Rex Homan is a wonderful contemporary artist born in Thames, New Zealand in the year 1940.   Homan is a master of Maori art, this is art coming from the country of New Zealand.

Homan is known for his work with wood, though he does works with bronze as well.

Now lives in Tuaranga, New Zealand.

When working in a series he will sculpt birds from a particular region such as Canada or his native New Zealand.

My favorite works by Homan are his owls. Owls play an important role in the Inuit society in Canada, especially the snowy owl that takes away your spirit when you pass away. Its interesting to see Inuit art and Maori art that use the same subject matter.  Ravens, crows, and eagles have all been explored by the artist. I enjoy the simplicity and flowing lines use by the artist.


When comparing the works of Rex Homan to another artist I am reminded of the great Charlie Harper. Harper was a wonderful illustrator and did many series with various species of birds. The flowing lines and bright colours used by Homan made me think that had Charlie Harper been a sculptor, this is what his work would look like today. Below an example of an owl by Charlie Harper.


Price range information: Works in wood and bronze range $6500 to $20,000.