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Resources > Collections > Artwork Composition 1

Year of execution:  1973
Year of acquisition:  1984
Medium:   Mixed media on canvas
Dimension:  92 x 100  cm
Gift of the artist

Xiamen-born Cheong Soo Pieng began his art education at age 16 at the Xiamen Fine Art Academy under Lim Hak Tai. In 1936, to further his studies, Cheong enrolled in Xinhua Academy of Fine Arts in Shanghai briefly before returning to teach at his alma mater. In 1946, Cheong relocated to Singapore and found employment at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, which was headed and founded by his ex-tutor Lim Hak Tai. Cheong inspired many young artists during his 14-year employment at the academy before retiring to be a full-time artist in 1959. Cheong was part of the group of five artists who embarked on a landmark trip to Bali in 1952 to portray the beauty of Southeast Asia.

Following his retirement in 1961, Cheong explored various techniques and media. The 1960-70s marked a period where he became increasingly invested in abstract expressions. Composition 1 exemplifies the artist’s grasp of western art, borrowing elements from not only abstract art but cubism as well. The artwork also provides evidence of the artist’s pointillism brushstroke technique, which he came to employ in a more elaborate fashion in his later works.


Cheong Soo Pieng 钟泗宾