HuangYao Web-site

Welcome to this website and thank you for dropping in.

This website was put together because of the many requests received for more information on my granddad, Huang Yao (1917-1987) and his works, as well as to seek professional help in the understanding of what he had done.

My granddad loved all aspects of the Chinese culture that were beautiful and splendid. However, it was in earlier 1999 that we, my family and I realized how wide ranging and deep his love was. It was then that a very large collection of his paintings and cartoons together with his research notes, sketches and writings on art and cultural history was found. It was a great surprise as a large part of these work was unknown to us. It took us almost a year to extract, cleaned and catalogued them. Later with the expertise of the Singapore Art Museum, the paintings were sorted, stored and an exhibition for a sample of them was held in July 2001.

We are still exploring what to do with this collection. Luckily it is relatively intact. Some of his artwork, especially the Wenzi Hua, the paintings of the Chinese words, we were told, are likely to be more comprehensive and far advanced than the current Calligraphic Painting. It is sincerely hoped that they are worthy of research and scholarship. Experts in Chinese calligraphy and paintings who are interested in this type of artwork are most welcome to further analyse this set of work.

We have laid out the website into a few main areas, the "Introduction" where you will find his biography, with pictures of him and his friends in China; a list (incomplete) of exhibitions that we have records of and the travel route he took through interior China and then South East Asia. These provide a glimpse into a very different, hopefully interesting world.

The next section is "Wenzi Hua", These works are the result of my granddad's deep interest in ancient Chinese scripts, and more than ten years of research. The bulk of these paintings were executed in the 1970's. If you can resist looking at the titles and have some recognitions of ancient Chinese scripts, you may be able to figure out the poems or Chinese idioms in the paintings. His later stages evolved into very abstract forms, those without titles are to me like puzzles. In my granddad's lifetime, not many people appreciated or understood Wenzi Hua and as a result, he kept most of them for his own enjoyment . In the 1980's he fell ill and he wrote a great deal then to leave behind his views on Chinese art and explanations of what he was doing. We had classified his Wenzi Hua by reading these writings and figuring out what he had created.

Under "Other Paintings", we have grouped together all the paintings besides those of Wenzi Hua. In this category, we have put his innovative 'upside down' calligraphy, classical paintings, cultural paintings of scenes in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia and the cartoons which he was famous for as early as he was a teenager in China. We also put Ziyou Hua (spontaneous paintings) in this category, as it is different from Wenzi Hua. We have learnt that he was studying lifestyles of primitive man and their "companions", the animals. It was likely that with this as inspiration, he used the Chinese traditional painting techniques and Chinese brush to create this very abstract set of artwork. We have not gotten very far in our understanding of Ziyou Hua and are looking for experts and insights on where this set may belong.

We tried to pull together all his writings under "Publication". In time, we will try and get these works translated to facilitate research of his works.

I hope you will enjoy the site, we welcome feedback and ideas and suggestions on not just what to do with this collection but also for further improvement of this website.

Carolyn Wong