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1930

Huang Yao's Calligraphy

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.

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1930

1930s Huang Yao Seal carved by Wang Shoupeng

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.

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1934

December 22 1934: Huang Yao Seal engraved by Mu Yilong

December 22 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.

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1936

Huang Yao Seal engraved by Zhang Yingchao a fellow cartoonist from Shanghai

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.

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1942

September 1942: Huang Yao Seals engraved by Xie Meinu

September 1942: Huang Yao Seals engraved by Xie Meinu

Mei Nu (1911-­‐1991), famous seal engraver, engraved for both Mao Zedong and Jiang Jieshi. He was friend to Qi Baishi and Xu Beihong. In our records, Xie Meinu had engraved 2 seals for Huang Yao.

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1944

October 1944 Painting for Tribal Chief Hu Zhonghua

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.

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1944

October 1944: Huang Yao Seal engraved by Indigenous Native Chief in Yunnan

October 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.

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1947

1947 The Contradiction Set

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...

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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

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.

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1950

Paintings in Foreign Environments - Thai Country Living

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.

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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

Paintings in Foreign Environments - The Old Bangkok City Wall

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.

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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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1951

1951 to 1982 Paintings of Dragons

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...

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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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1956

1956 to 1977 Huang Yao Seals engraved by Zhang Shiren

1956 to 1977 Huang Yao Seals engraved by Zhang Shiren

In our records, Zhang Shiren had carved 5 seals for Huang Yao.

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