The Story of Cheong Soo Pieng is a 216-page hardbound publication. This is the first bilingual publication (with Chinese and English texts) on the life and art of revered art master, Cheong Soo Pieng.
A pioneer of the Nanyang art movement and an eminent figure in the development of fine art in Singapore, Cheong Soo Pieng (b. 1917 – 1983) is widely regarded as one of the most prolific artists of his generation. During a practice that spanned five decades, he established a wide-ranging repertoire of styles and mediums; his bold pursuit of Modern aesthetics and innovative amalgamation of forms and techniques derived from both Western and Chinese art traditions have continued to make fascinating study points for critics and collectors today.
The book contains up to 200 artwork illustrations, including a large number of never-been-seen works in various private collections. Apart from discussing Soo Pieng’s multifaceted practice, the content has been chronologically outlined to help readers understand the diverse styles that emerged and were synthesized during the different periods of the artist’s career.
This book launch is held in conjunction with artcommune’s ongoing blockbuster exhibition, The Story of Cheong Soo Pieng (19 June – 2 August 2015). The exhibition showcases over 30 works of varying styles and mediums, including the artist’s early oil and watercolour compositions, a collection of sketches and highly stylized paintings relating to the everyday Malayan life as well as his travels to Bali, Sarawak and Europe; and his late period of abstract and mixed-media compositions.
Venue: artcommune gallery, Blk 231 Bain St., Bras Basah Complex, #03-39, Singapore 180231
When: 15 Jul 2015, 7pm