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1947

1947 Scenes of Vietnam

1947 Scenes of Vietnam

Huang Yao wrote, “The paintings I did of ladies under the human figure category were rather popular, I think because the painting is rather 'pretty'. It’s a pity that in Chinese paintings, when they paint the subject of ladies, they are often depicted as rather old fashion. Alternatively, in the western paintings, ladies are painted nude, which is kind of inappropriate for Asians to hang in their living room. But old fashion paintings are not 'exciting' enough!”

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1947

1947-1951 Words of a Child

1947-1951 Words of a Child

Children appeared as supporting characters in Huang Yao’s cartoons during the period of 1934 to 1947 in Shanghai and the interior of China.

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1950

Paintings in Foreign Environments - Human Figures in Thailand

Paintings in Foreign Environments - Human Figures in Thailand

Most people think that it is difficult to use Chinese ink and brush to paint what you see. This is basically a matter of skillful application of ink and water with the Chinese brush.

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1950

Human Figure Paintings - Bai Miao

Human Figure Paintings - Bai Miao

Bai Miao is a technique of using Chinese brush to draw a fine outline of an object. As these lines are drawn with the supple Chinese brush using calligraphy strokes, the lines have a soft feel as well as a rhythmic vigor that is not attainable by the use of pencil, charcoal or other hard instruments.

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1951

1951 to 1956 Children Paintings in Thailand

1951 to 1956 Children Paintings in Thailand

In the painting 'Mother and Children', the Chinese mother has an infant in her arms, both looking at an active child making noises by twisting the handle of a toy drum with a bead at the end of each of the two short strings.

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1951

1951 to 1956 Children Paintings in Thailand 2

1951 to 1956 Children Paintings in Thailand 2

Huang Yao was apparently not satisfied with the familiar classical style of the above paintings of children. The reason is probably that the youngsters in the paintings bear too much resem-blance to real children in facial appearances and in proportions of the body.

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1956

1956 to 1987 Children's Paintings in Malaysia

1956 to 1987 Children's Paintings in Malaysia

There are few paintings of children between 1956-1973. The two paintings below were completed in the1960s style. Huang Yao had forgotten about them until after he moved to Kuala Lumpur when the titles, signatures and seals were then added in the early 1980s.

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1970

Mid 1970s Sketches of Children at Play

Mid 1970s Sketches of Children at Play

In Chinese art, there is a phrase ‘nine sketches, one completion’, implying that many sketches are undertaken. One can use a pen, coal, crayon, or pencil in a notebook or on paper (Huang, 2000 Yibi Hua).

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1970

Mid 1970s Sketches of 10 Children

Mid 1970s Sketches of 10 Children

How many of these paintings of ‘children at play’ have I done? I am not sure. I only remember that I collected a few hundred different games children play.

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1970

1970s Malay Children Scroll

1970s Malay Children Scroll

All the children in Huang Yao’s drawings are Chinese and they are dressed in ancient Chinese clothing, except for the children in the scroll of 100 Malay village children.

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1970

1970s  Happy Shouxing or Diety of Longevity

1970s Happy Shouxing or Diety of Longevity

HY applied the spirit of being a child to his paintings of Shou Xing, the Deity of longevity. An old man who shows the signs of antiquity is usually chosen to represent Shou Xing. But Huang Yao’s Shou Xing can be kind, lively or contented and childlike.

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1970

1970s Conduit for transmission of Chinese culture and tradition

1970s Conduit for transmission of Chinese culture and tradition

At the end of 1973, Huang Yao retired from being a headmaster and resumed full time paintings. In his paintings of children, he went beyond just just children at play, and using the artwork as conduit for propagating the Chinese culture and traditions.

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1970

Ziyou Hua - Human Figure

Ziyou Hua - Human Figure

The great poet of Tang dynasty, Du Pu, described in his poem the spirit and inspiration of his work. It is similar to the story about Zhang Xu who used his hair (men had long hair then) as a brush. He could write rapidly (because of long disciplined practice) that his writing appeared like cloud and smoke on the paper.

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1970

Ziyou Hua - Human and Animals

Ziyou Hua - Human and Animals

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1970

About Ziyou Hua

About Ziyou Hua

Ziyou means to be free, and ziyou hua are paintings that were done spontaneously with or without a subject in mind. These paintings were painted after Huang Yao's Wenzi hua.

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1974

1974 Adam And Eve

1974 Adam And Eve

In 1974, Huang Yao created his last cartoon series. This final set was called Eve and Adam and differed in style from his previous works. The painterly drawings depicted a naked Adam and Eve as early humans.

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1975

1975 Happy Children

1975 Happy Children

When I paint "children at play", I return to my childhood. I feel in-comparable happiness because there is no more pretending and one is truly oneself in the land of the innocence.

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1977

1977  Scroll of 100 children in Winter

1977 Scroll of 100 children in Winter

It was a day in August 2001 when the Singapore Art Museum had an unusually large number of visitors . In the exhibition hall, there was a crowd with some people, bending over a glass case containing a long scroll.

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1978

1978 Riot in the Classroom

1978 Riot in the Classroom

Huang Yao had a stroke in 1981 and so there were no children paintings in that year. However, from inability to hold and move the brush for painting and calligraphy, through exercises and practice a new awkward brush strokes was born.

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1978

1978 to 1987 Paintings of Important Chinese People with Surname Huang

1978 to 1987 Paintings of Important Chinese People with Surname Huang

Between 1978 to 1987, Huang Yao moved to Kuala Lumpur to be with his son and family. By then, he was prolific in his creativity and output in paintings. During this period, he did a series of paintings about important Chinese people with surname "Huang"

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