CHEONG SOO PIENG : Visions of Southeast Asia
Cheong Soo Pieng was a pioneer artist who created visually fresh pictures of Southeast Asia’s landscapes and people. By marrying the artistic traditions of the East and the West, Soo Pieng broke new ground in the way the tropics were portrayed.
Common Southeast Asian subjects — a fisherman’s kelong, two sarong-clad women on the way to the market, a group of people busy drying fish, the graceful figure of a Balinese dancer — take on new stylised forms through Soo Pieng’s deft use of pictorial devices and techniques from different cultures and traditions such as Chinese ink painting, Western oil painting, Cubism, geometric abstraction and wayang kulit.
This book is the first of its kind on Soo Pieng. The 94 colour plates present the reader with the breadth and complexity of this Nanyang artist’s extensive oeuvre. The chapters include a wealth of personal photographs as well as the latest research on the artist. Pictures of recently unearthed drawings, sketches, watercolours and woodcut prints shed further light on Soo Pieng’s personal philosop
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