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Date : 13 July - 2 September 2001
Venue : Singapore Art Museum
Time : 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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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 Bi Zi", 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.

Carolyn Wong, David Lim (guest of honor),
Patrica Ong(curator), Kwok Kian Chow ( Director of SAM)