Cheong Soo Pieng, Untitled, 1972, Mixed media on canvas, 61 x 46 cm
artcommune gallery is pleased to present Cheong Soo Pieng: 100th Anniversary Exhibition in honour of the artist’s centennial. Widely revered as a pioneer of Nanyang art style and a leading figure in early Singapore art scene, Soo Pieng’s varied output centers on the bold pursuit of modern aesthetics and innovative amalgamation of forms and techniques derived from both Western and Chinese art traditions. The exhibition encompasses four decades of Soo Pieng’s creative journey and features over 20 artworks in different mediums, providing a quick survey of his wide-ranging repertoire. To enable a better understanding, the showcase is curated to chronologically reflect the diverse styles that emerged and synthesised during different periods of Soo Pieng’s career.
Cheong Soo Pieng (1917 – 1983) was born in Xiamen, China. He studied at Xiamen Academy of Fine Arts and later Xinhua Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai. He relocated to Singapore in 1946, taking up a teaching post at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) before becoming a full-time artist in 1961. The landmark painting trip to Bali made by Soo Pieng, Liu Kang, Chen Wen Hsi and Chen Chong Swee in 1952 has been widely credited for heralding the Nanyang art style, which marries innovative East-west pictorial elements with distinct Southeast Asian themes.
This is the first of a series of activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Soo Pieng’s birth. The works on view reflect Soo Pieng’s relentless search for new, dynamic modes of expressions throughout his career. This undeterred curiosity and ambition led to several overseas painting trips (Bali in 1952 and 1977; Sabah and Sarawak in 1959 and 1961; Europe from 1961 - 1963; and China in the 1970s) which resulted in remarkable stylistic transitions and a prolific body of work rich in figurative, abstract and mixed-media experimentations.
In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an informative art talk on Cheong Soo Pieng on 5 March, 7 – 9.30 pm, at artcommune gallery. This special talk aims to share some interesting insights into Cheong Soo Pieng's life and art so as to allow participants to gain more knowledge on one of Singapore's most revered pioneer artists and his prolific practice.
Exhibition Period: 24 February – 19 March 2017
Time: 12 – 7 pm (daily)
Venue: artcommune gallery, 231 Bain Street, Bras Basah Complex, #03-39
Special Art Talk: Introduction to Cheong Soo Pieng:
5 March 2017, Sunday, 7 – 9.30 pm
Please contact us at 6336 4240 to register your interest.
Cheong Soo Pieng, Two Women with Fruits, 101.5 x 81.5 cm
Cheong Soo Pieng, Goats, 1974, Mixed media, 66 x 91 cm
Cheong Soo Pieng, Abstract Composition, 1962, Ink on paper, 67 x 44.5 cm
Cheong Soo Pieng, Landscape, 1965, Oil on canvas, 80.5 x 60.5 cm
Cheong Soo Pieng, Seaside, 1966, Oil on canvas, 101.5 x 71 cm