The Cheung Pooi Yip Retrospective book commemorates the artist’s exhibition on 15th November 2014 at The Penang State Art Gallery.
Cheung Pooi Yip was born in Penang in 1936 and moved on to stay in Kedah where Cheung nurtured his natural talents and growth in his Art paintings. He has no formal training in Art line many of his coevals at that time. The Artists of his generation learned from each other the various techniques in execution. Being spontaneous and full of creativity and from one of the coercive mentors – Cheong Soo Pieng who yielded enormous influence in the early development of his Art. Cheung aspired to be a full time artist in the early 60s. However, due to period the unstable economy, a lack of art appreciation and patronage during that period, naturally dissipated his aspirations. Being realistic and pragmatic he went on to be a professional frame maker in order to support his living and Art painting. From then on he divided his time between frame making and his own art successfully. He has indeed made a wise decision as many of his customers were also artists. His association with two prominent Penang artists, Datuk Chuah Thean Teng and Tan Choon Ghee motivated him tremendously. In 1961, he emerged in the local Art scene when his paintings were being selected for Singapore local Artists Annual Show. He then went on to participate in various local and International Exhibitions, winning acclaims and recognition.
Cheung’s favourite media are in oil and acrylic. His earlier works were painted in oil and gradually he moved on to newer styles using acrylic for his works in 1070s. His early canvases revealed paintings of the outdoor of hills, villages and rivers of Sungai Petani which gives the town the rustic charm. Cheung’s themes depicted the many lifestyles and human activities of people around him engaging in daily activities. His Art paintings personified the favourite in the contemporaries during that era.
By late 1980s, Cheung adopted a new approach to his art, taking a change in this Art style. Instead of painting the outdoors, he turned to serious indoor studio experimentations exploring the aesthetics of brushwork with more sophistication reflective and a more personalized unique way of expression with a brush. (reproduced from http://www.penang-artists.com/)