Chong Siweying

The art of Malaysian artist Chong Siew Ying is one that subtly transcends boundaries of time and space. Born in Kuala Lumpur in 1969, she studied at the PJ College of Art & Design before moving to France in 1990, where she undertook studies at the École des Beaux-Arts de Versailles, and later at the Parisian printmaking centre, Atelier63. After departing France in 1996, she has been constantly moving in and out of Malaysia, including residency programmes in South Korea and the USA.

Grounded in Eastern and Western sensibilities that draw on the history of landscape art, Chong’s works seem as though they have been wrenched from the mountain. Their imposing scale almost forcibly 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.

Inspired by her life of continual change and movement, emerging from Chong’s work is a complex understanding of place as expressed through the universal themes of human connection, homeland, and belonging. At the same time, her work is deeply personal, and reflects a continued investigation into her own identity. Her art is not about replicating reality, but instead seeks a truth that exists in essence, rather than in concrete form. In her practice, she constantly innovates new techniques and approaches to subject matter to explore landscape painting as a distinct form of visual poetry.

ARTWORK
Mindscape 

張秀英,《暮色》, 碳粉及壓克力顏料、布面紙本 Chong Siewying, ‘Twilight’, Charcoal and Acrylic Medium on Paper mounted Canvas, 138 cm x138 cm (Each 每幅), 2012

張秀英,《暮色》, 碳粉及壓克力顏料、布面紙本 Chong Siewying, ‘Twilight’, Charcoal and Acrylic Medium on Paper mounted Canvas, 138 cm x138 cm (Each 每幅), 2012

張秀英,《暮色》, 碳粉及壓克力顏料、布面紙本 Chong Siewying, ‘Twilight’, Charcoal and Acrylic Medium on Paper mounted Canvas, 138 cm x138 cm (Each 每幅), 2012

張秀英,《無極》, 碳粉及壓克力顏料、布面紙本 Chong Siewying, ‘Infinity’, Charcoal and Acrylic Medium on Paper mounted Canvas, 414 cm x 260 cm, 2012

張秀英,《破曉》, 碳粉及壓克力顏料、布面紙本 Chong Siewying, ‘Dawn’, Charcoal and Acrylic Medium on Paper mounted Canvas, 138 cm x 138 cm, 2013

張秀英,《一棵樹》, 碳粉及壓克力顏料、布面紙本 Chong Siewying, ‘One Tree’, Charcoal and Acrylic Medium on Paper mounted Canvas, 100 cm x 200 cm, 2013

張秀英,《向南》, 碳粉及壓克力顏料、布面紙本 Chong Siewying, ‘Going South’, Charcoal and Acrylic Medium on Paper mounted Canvas, 100 cm x 200 cm, 2013

FINE ART ASIA 2012

CHONG SIWEYING | ‘Twilight 1’ 138cm x 138cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2012

CHONG SIWEYING | ‘Twilight 2’ 138cm x 138cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2012

CHONG SIWEYING | ‘Twilight 3’ 138cm x 138cm, Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted canvas, 2012