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.


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