1983 Tiger Friend


Tiger Friend


Huang Yao’s paintings became progressively simpler as he advanced in age. By mid 1983, Huang Yao did a series of very simple paintings where each painting has only one child and with no background. Most of the children are each with an animal while one child is in a lotus and another one on a melon. In the painting, is a child with his companion, a toy tiger. Is he pretending to roar? This painting looks as if a child could have painted it.

Note the writing of the title, the top character did  not end with the stroke linking the left side of the second character as in the usual way of writing Chinese characters. It is because Huang Yao was writing the characters upside down in his unique way of writing, and he often did not follow the exact order of the strokes. 


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