July 12 2001 Huang Yao Retrospective
A three month long exhibition held at Singapore Art Museum, "Huang Yao Retrospective". 110 pieces of his paintings, the largest at that time, were acquired by the Museum and an exhibition was held to commemorate this special occasion. A catalogue of his paintings was also published.
This retrospective exhibition features works produced by the late artist, Huang Yao (1917-1987), between the 1950s and 1980s. Born in 1917, Huang Yao began his artistic career in Shanghai as a cartoonist and adopted the pseudonym "Niu Bizi", which he was most known for, in works he produced during the 1930s. Fleeing the Sino-Japanese war, he worked in Vietnam and Thailand before finally settling in Malaysia in 1956. During his residence in Malaysia, he was also involved in education work till his retirement in 1973. Since then, he spent most of his time on artistic practices till is death in 1987. This retrospective exhibition of paintings and cartoons between the 1950s to the 1980s includes Huang Yao's cartoons incorporating regional Southeast Asian peoples and cultures during his sojourn in the region (what is also known as the Nanyang subject matter), a strong reflection of the late artist's 'localised' influence in the Nanyang (Southeast Asian) region, and illustrates his varied interests in Chinese folk art, landscape painting and calligraphy, and his experimentation with Chinese ideogram, creating an innovative reverse writing style of Chinese calligraphy and experimentation of Chinese characters' pictography, to product seemingly abstract art forms.
The Singapore Art Museum, National Heritage Board, Heritage Conservation Center, were all key players in assisting the family sort, fumigate and catalogue the collection. The help and dedication of their staff are highly appreciated.
Link: Huang Yao Retrospective