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Scholar Period > Paintings > Malaysia
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.
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.
May 1956: Malaya Niubizi
Huang Yao once more used his most famous character as a channel for his own thoughts and experiences, creating Malaya Niubizi. In this series Niubizi wears a sarong, works with the local people, picks coconuts, collects harvests and reins bullocks to pull carts.
June 12 1956: Exhibition featuring Malay Niubizi will be opening at the end of the month
After arriving in Singapore last month by invitation of the Singapore Chinese Society, cartoonist Huang Yao toured Singapore and completed a collection of paintings called “Malaya Niubizi”
June 28 1956: EXHIBITION OF CARTOONS AND PAINTINGS
Guest of Honour: Zhou Ruiqi Minister of Education, Singapore Exhibition content: 1. Son’s Education, 2. Mister Fluke, 3. Sketch Siam, 4.Malaya Niubizi, (above are not for sale)，5.China ink painting and upside down calligraphy......
1960s The Collection of Single Characters
Huang Yao compiled the many different ways of writing the same single Chinese character, from pictograph to oracle bone inscriptions and bronze scripts. Below every character, he noted the source in ‘caoshu’. There are a total of 74 pages.
1960s The Dictionary
The 'book/dictionary' has a total of 586 pages. Each page is for one character only. A few different ways of writing that character in oracle bone inscription, bronze script, ‘zhuan’, ‘li’ and ‘kai’ are included. There is also a description of the origin of the character and how it's shape, sound and meaning has changed over time. The sources for these descriptions were from classical Chinese reference materials.
1960s The Collection of Phrases
A set of 32 pages, similar to the ‘Collection of Single Characters’ but now the characters are grouped into phrases. These phrases are of auspicious sayings, idioms, Buddhist sayings or parts of poems. Using the example of ‘wan xiang geng xin’ or ‘everything takes a new look’, is similar to examples in Item1 but with four characters forming a phrase.
1960s to early 1970s The Calligraphic Sketches of Chinese Characters
Each sketch can be of a single character or a phrase of multiple characters. There are a total of 1,611 pages.For this example, Huang Yao chose 3goats to represent the phrase‘sanyangkaitai’; ‘sanyang’means 3 suns,but the sound yang can also mean goat, hence the choice.
1960s Huang Yao Seals engraved by Lu Dinggong
Lu Dinggong continued teaching after he left china.......
Early 1970s The Calligraphic Sketches of Poems
This set consists of 24 sketches. Huang Yao had progressed from single word to phrases and now to a group of words, from Tang poems, Buddhist poems and even classical literature. The first page for each 'poem' has the characters of the poem written in a column on the left-hand side of the page.
Early 1970s The Sketches for Paintings
Huang Yao chose to use his favorite phrases, a total of 51 sketches were produced, a single page per phrase. These phrases are of auspicious Chinese sayings, idioms, or parts of poems. For each phrase, different ways of writing each character in the phrase were listed.
1970s to early 1980s The Drawings
A set of 51 drawings of single Chinese characters and phrases. These were done on thin white paper-cardboard. It appears that the ‘Drawings’ were first done with pencil, going over the same line many times and finally with a thick stroke in blue felt tip pen bringing out the final picture.
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).
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.
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.
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.