Chong Siew Ying, Lilium, 2008, Oil on linen, 150 x 200.5 cm
Idylle: New Paintings by Chong Siew Ying
21 May - 14 June 2008
Chong Siew Ying is one of the Southeast Asian region's most powerful portrayers of the human face and figure. A lyrical and elegant painter, her work is profoundly emotive, embracing broad themes such as nature, human relationships and the search for meaning in life. The expressive qualities of the human form --its spontaneity, its mystery; its ability to relate joy, pain, ecstasy, loss are central to the artist's work.
Siew Ying's May 2008 solo exhibition at Valentine Willie Fine Art will showcase new developments in her artistic career. Her interest in classical Chinese literature, as well as the local landscape, has come to fuse with her portraiture in her most recent works, creating iconic images with a fresh contemporary Asian sensibility.
A new monograph of Chong Siew Ying will be launched in conjunction with the opening of her solo exhibition at VWFA KL. The publication will be the first to bring together the body of this important contemporary figurative artist's work, tracing the progress of the Siew Ying's practice over the past ten years and more.
Avenue Invest Berhad (AvIB), a member of the ECM Libra Group, is proud to support this publication celebrating the work of a leading Malaysian artist. By supporting Malaysian artists, AvIB is making an investment into the development of our nation's artistic heritage. Avenue Invest Berhad has RM2 billion of assets under management. Avenue Invest Berhad clients include high net worth individuals, pension funds and public listed companies for whom we manage customized portfolios as well as unit trust funds.
About the artist
Chong Siew Ying (b. 1969, Malaysia) is one of the Southeast Asian region's most powerful portrayers of the human face and figure. Siew Ying left Malaysia in 1991 and enrolled in the Ecole Des Beaux-Art in Versailles, France. After graduation, she studied and taught at international printmaking centre Atelier 63 in Paris, while working as an artist and exhibiting in the city.
Her career has since spanned solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia and around Southeast Asia, in Europe (France, Spain, Sweden, Holland, Australia) and the United States. Her solo exhibitions in the region include Many Splendoured Things (2006), Going Away, Coming Home (2002) and Chong Siew Ying: Selected Works 1996-1997 (1998) in Kuala Lumpur, and Mirror's Edge (2004) in Singapore. Over the past year she has also held solo exhibitions in Paris and Kansas City.
Major group exhibitions include: Jejak: Contemporary Art from Malaysia (2007) at Galeri Nasional, Jakarta, Footsteps (2004) at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, and Of Shadows and Images: Visual Art from Malaysia (2003) at the Kunst Museum, Malmo, Sweden, which travelled to Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, and Circulo de Bellas Arts, Madrid.
She was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2005. In 2002, she won the special award at The Young Contemporaries, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. She was the Freeman Asian Artist Fellowship Award recipient at The Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA in 2001. From 1999 to 2000, she was artist-in-residence at Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Malaysia. Her works are in the collection of National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, and major private collections in Malaysia, Singapore, France and the USA. She is currently based in Kuala Lumpur and Paris.
IDYLLE: New Paintings by Chong Siew Ying runs from 21 May until 14 June 2008 at:
Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
1st Floor, 17 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(P): +60 (0)3 2284 2348 (F): +60 (0)3 2282 5190
Sponsored by: Avenue Invest Berhad (AvIB), a member of the ECM Libra Group
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