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Chinese ink on rice paper

65.1 x 44.8 cm

1979

Huang Yao Collection in Singapore Art Museum

 

Happiness with Fishing Life

Happiness with fishing life

Chinese ink on rice paper

43.2 x 55.8 cm

1979

Private Collection

 

Village Scenes of Southeast Asia

Village scenes of Southeast Asia

Chinese ink on rice paper

45.7 x 35.5cm

Early 70's

Private Colleciton

 

I have been asked, 'Can you use calligraphy to write the Nanyang landscape?' Without thinking I replied, 'Of course, as long as you know how to use chopsticks, you can handle the brush, with brush you can write, and you can write everything in nature, not just what is in Nanyang.'

If you examine all the things in nature from the point of view of the shape of calligraphic strokes, thick or thin, straight or curve, you will find that everything in nature can be expressed by dots and lines as in calligraphy. The outlines of some forms may differ in sizes, or they may be straighter than curved. When you are able to write the outlines, you already have a drawing. Actually, it is just writing with dots and lines. The light and darkness as reflected by the sunlight can be expressed by shading with brush.

The landscape in Nanyang consists mainly of coconut, palms, cane.....We can use calligraphy strokes to write the attap hut, bamboo fences, coconut trunk ladder...... Basically writing the landscape as the heart dictates and all the things in the painting will be formed as the brush moves. The supple brush adds a certain rhythm to the painting, which can also be very interesting.

Huang Yao, Moyuan Suibi, 1982

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