Huang Yao's Calligraphy
All of Huang Yao's calligraphic work was executed upside down; Huang Yao called this Chuyun shu. It is a technique he discovered in his attempt to imitate handwriting of children so as to capture the childlike innocence inherent in human nature, first used with his cartoon Niubizi. Later, through perseverance, diligent practice together with the mastery of writing ancient scripts, he developed a clumsy style of writing that has an ancient feel.
1930s Huang Yao Seal carved by Wang Shoupeng
In our records, this seal was carved by Wang Shoupeng (1875-1929). Inscription was probably done by another person as Wang had already passed away in 1930s.
1934 Huang Yao Seal engraved by Mu Yilong
Mu Yilong was Huang Yao's colleague at Xinwen Bao ( The News ) in Shanghai. He was also a reknowned photographer.
Huang Yao Seal engraved by Zhang Yingchao a fellow cartoonist from Shanghai
Zhang Yingchao was a famous and active cartoonist in the 1930s Shanghai. He served in the committee for the First National Cartoon Exhibition in 1936.
1940s Huang Yao Seals engraved by Xie Meinu
Mei Nu (1911-‐1991), famous seal carver, carved for both Mao Zedong and Jiang Jieshi. He was friend to Qi Baishi and Xu Beihong. In our records, Xie Meinu had carved 2 seals for Huang Yao.
1944 Huang Yao Seal engraved by Indigenous Native Chief in Yunnan
In 1944 Huang Yao had given a painting to a tribal chief in Kunming, the seal could be an exchange.
October 1944 Painting for Tribal Chief Hu Zhonghua
Painting found on the internet in 2010, owner unknown. The painting is of an arch, a symbol of peace and harmony.
1947 The Contradiction Set
The 'Contradiction', the last known set of cartoons Huang Yao painted before leaving China. It depicted the contrasting situations between the old and the young, modern and traditional; the injustice committed by the government and military towards the civilians, the rich and the poor, the politicians, business men, scientist's view of the world and so on...
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.
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!”
Paintings in Foreign Environments
Huang Yao adapted various different Chinese ink painting techniques to paint what he saw and experienced in his travels through Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
Paintings in Foreign Environments - Thai Country Living
The country living series were painted between 1951 to 1956 when Huang Yao was living in Thailand. These paintings have people as the main subject with coconut grove, banana plants, pineapple yards, lotus in river and flowing streams as background of the painting.
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.
Paintings in Foreign Environments - The Old Bangkok City Wall
While I was in Bangkok in the early 1950's, there was a remaining stretch of an old city wall in that city (I wonder whether it is still there?). I had used the Chinese brush and ink painting technique to paint it as it was then.
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.
1950s Xie Bingying
In Xie Bingying’s article, “牛鼻子其人其画”, she writes that she first met Huang Yao in 1957, in Penang, Malaysia.
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.
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.
1951 to 1982 Paintings of Dragons
The mythical noble animal dragon represents the Chinese emperors. It is also one of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. 2012 will be a dragon year...
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.