In 1991, Chong Siew Ying left Malaysia and enrolled in the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts in Versailles, France. After graduating, she became an artist in Paris and stayed until 1998 when home beckoned. Her artistic career has spanned solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia and around the region, in Europe and the United States. She has also entered into artist residencies as well as won various awards. Today she is based both in Paris and Kuala Lumpur.
Panoramic views of limestone hills, a memory of primary school friends, monumental portraits of humble garden plants and towering palms, a tender picture of a grandmother embracing her grandchild, a smiling goat listening to a sparrow’s song: Many Splendored Things by Chong Siew Ying openly embraces the nostalgic and the sentimental, the fading ideal of beauty in nature. A recent body of over 30 drawings explores the idea of things we hold precious, that remain timeless to us in our contemporary world.
Those who are familiar with this established painter’s expressive figurative paintings will be surprised and enchanted by this excursion into local narratives, landscapes and still life. While some drawings are typically bold, instinctive and playful, others are inspired interpretations of traditional Chinese ink & brush painting using a simple charcoal in hand.
This will be Chong Siew Ying’s fourth solo exhibition with Valentine Willie Fine Art, before the artist holds a one-woman show in Paris this April.