Chong Siewying

1969
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur

 

Biography

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Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1990
P.J.College of Art & Design, Malaysia
1994
L’Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, Versailles, France
1996
L’Atelier 63 ( Etching School) Paris, France

Artist’s Statement

In comparison CHONG Siew Ying’s landscapes have been literally wrenched from the mountain. Their sheer scale pulls the viewer into the painting. The visible traces of brushstrokes move frenetically across the canvas, smudging through horizons into inky black tempestuous storm clouds. There is a visceral sense that the hand that formed these worlds, sullied with the dark stain of the charcoal, also felt the cold shafts of stone, wind and water that inspired them.

Siew Ying’s collection of landscape paintings is not simply trying to replicate reality, nor imitate the past, but it is seeking a truth that exists in essence, rather than concrete form. An ideal reflected in her choice of medium and process, charcoal and acrylic medium. Charcoal known for its immediacy and the ease of which it can be effaced, and acrylic medium, a lacquer like, difficult to control, transparent resin, that binds, seals, or renders translucent. There is a physicality to this process that is tangible to the viewer and a rawness to the materials that transcends the confinements of imagery.

Siew Ying’s work does reflect a continued investigation into her identity. Our memories are often intrinsically linked to a place, buildings, but also our environment, our landscape, our homes. Siew Ying’s latest work is reflective of the global generation of migrants. As emigrants and first, second and third generation descendants of immigrants seek an understanding of their place and identity in the modern world, there remains a sense of belonging to a distant, ancestral, but unfamiliar world.

Solo Exhibition

2011
‘Infinity’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore

2010
‘IDYLLE (Part II)’, Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France

2009
‘Frame of Mind’, Ernst & Young Asian Art Outreach Exhibition, Singapore

2008
‘IDYLLE’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
‘Chong Siew Ying’, Byron Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, USA

2006
‘MANY SPLENDOURED THINGS’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2003
‘Mirror’s Edge’, Substation, Singapore

2002
‘Going Away, Coming Home’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2001
‘Freeman Asian Artist Fellowship Exhibition’, Red Mile Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA

1998
’96/97’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1997
Atelier D.Maraval, Bagnolet, France
Gallery Cafe Panique, Paris, France

1996
Maison TCH’A, Paris, France

Selected Group Exhibition

2013
‘Mind-Scape’ Artists Group Exhibition, 3812 Contemporary Art Projects, Hong Kong

2012
‘Fine Art Asia 2012’, 3812 Contemporary Art Projects, HKCEC, Hong Kong
‘ArtHK 2012’, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2010
‘Fine Art Asia 2010 – Once Contemporary’, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2007
‘Scope Miami – International Contemporary Art Fair’, Miami, USA
‘ARTSingapore – The Contemporary Asian Art Fair’, Singapore
‘JEJAK’, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.
‘00:15 SUPER STAR, in aid of World Wildlife Fund’, Rimbun Dahan Gallery, Kuang, Malaysia

2006
‘CHONG SIEW YING & JOEL COULOIGNER’, Maison des Chanoines, Landunvez, France

2005
‘You Are Here’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
‘The Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Exhibition’, Hong Kong

2004
‘Footsteps’, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
‘Portraits’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2003
‘URBAN ART2003’, Melbourne connection Asia, Melbourne, Australia
‘Of Shadows And Images’, Konstmuseum, Malmo, Sweden; Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain; Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

2002
‘LAUGHTER: Works by Chong Siew Ying and Noor Mahnum Mohd’, iPreciation Gallery, Singapore

2001
‘Spring Dialogue’, Lorimer Station Studio, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA
‘HEADLIGHTS’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2000
‘Oil and Ink: Chong Siew Ying and Frederique Boumeester’, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
‘Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition’, Rawang, Selangor

1999
‘FRANCASIA, Encounter of Asian Artists in Paris’, Ariake Frontier Building, Tokyo, Japan
‘Through Our Eyes’, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
‘9th International Biennial Print Drawing Exhibition’, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan

1997
‘4th Triennale Mondiale D’estampes Contemporain’, Chamalieres, France
‘Euro-Estampe 97’, Biennial Prints of Europe, Lorient, France
Gallery K. Trythall, Hvasser, Norway
Artworks

Chong Siewying, ‘Dawn’
138cm x 138cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2013

Chong Siewying, ‘Going South’
100cm x 200cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2013

Chong Siewying, ‘Infinity’
260cm x 414cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2012

Chong Siewying, ‘One Tree’
100cm x 200cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2013

Chong Siewying, ‘Twilight 2’
138cm x 138cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2012

Chong Siewying, ‘Twilight 3’
138cm x 138cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2012

Chong Siewying, ‘Twilight 1’
138cm x 138cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2012

Chong Siewying, ‘Idylle 4’
180cm x 180cm, Oil on linen, 2009

Chong Siewying, ‘Idylle 6’
120cm x 120cm, Oil on canvas, 2010

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