1956 to 1987 Children's Paintings in Malaysia

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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. 

In observing the children of the two paintings below, it can be seen that Huang Yao had succeeded in drawing eyes that are no longer exclusively Chinese. They are just the alert eyes of any child irrespective of race. The eyebrows are now shorter but still curved. They have tiny noses and wide-open mouth smiles on their round faces with chubby cheeks. The heads of the youngsters are big in proportion to the short stout bodies resembling those of healthy toddlers. In general, children look most delightful at the age when they are walking fast with seemingly unsteady steps, toddling around. They arouse the adults’ protective instinct to watch over them should they fall. Compare to earlier paintings, Huang Yao was another step closer to extracting all the important distinctiveness of his innocent and endearing child.

This is a scene from the traditional Chinese New Year; the title ‘Removing the Old’ is from the Chinese saying of ‘removing the old and welcome the new’. The children are playing with fire-crackers to ‘frighten’ away the old year in order to welcome the new-year. They are dressed in loose tunic tops similar to the children in the 3 experimental sets of paintings in Thailand. But they have loose pants showing only the tips of the shoes. The plum blossoms are blooming in the background indicating cold weather. The whole scene is typical of Chinese painting.

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