Selangor painter Yeo Eng Hin pursued his interest in art by training under renowned Malaysian artist Chia Yu Chian before enrolling at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore. In the 1980s, Yeo furthered his education in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. A trip to the scenic hills of Cameron Highlands in Malaysia with his peers in 1976 led Yeo to develop his lifelong fondness for illustrating tranquil lands and peaks. In Paris, Yeo focused on sketching and oil painting, citing eminent artists like Bolognese painter Leonardo Cremonini and Chinese-French artist Zao Wou Ki as mentors. Yeo is also an art educator and an active member of the Malaysian art community. Some of Yeo’s other accolades and appointments include being Principal of Masean Art Academy in Kajang, Principal of the Art Specialist Centre in Klang, President of NAFA Malaysian Alumni Association and cultural education committee member of The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.
In August 2011, Yeo embarked on a group painting trip to Sarawak with several NAFA alums. Dawn of Kuching is Yeo’s bird’s eye impression of the city of Kuching, Sarawak’s capital and most populous city. It captures the sight of Kuching Waterfront, a popular gathering place in this capital city stretching 900 metres along the south bank of the Sarawak River. The State Assembly Building on the right dominates the skyline. Soft, warm yellow twinkling lights of the cityscape bathed in romantic hues of purple are used to capture the enigmatic atmosphere of dawn.