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Huang Yao
Hero - Children, 1980

Ink on Rice Paper
36.7 x 47.8cm

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关于此画: 在古时候,孩子们可没有蝙蝠侠或超人能崇拜,他们崇拜的是能打、擅用刀剑的勇士。我们看到有两个较大的孩子拿着锋利的剑,还有两个较小的孩子在一旁看着其中一个大孩子正在舞剑。 孩子们都很活泼,舞剑小孩的衣服也在飘动。黄尧用画笔轻弹撒墨,这技巧不易做到,因为墨水的飞溅不容易控制。在这有趣活泼的画作裡,他也用了深浅不同的墨水製造出对比和深度。 黄尧将儿嬉入画,从中也得到无比的欢乐。 About the Painting: In olden times, children did not have batman or superman to idolize, what they idolized were brave warriors who could fight well with swords. Here we see two older children with sharp swords and two younger children who are looking on one of the older children demonstrate his swordsmanship routine. We can see that the children are very lively and that the clothes on the child doing the sword routine are moving. We see Huang Yao also using the sprinkling of ink with the flick of his brush, a technique that is not easy to do, as the splatter of ink is not easy to control. He then uses the different shades of ink to create contrast and depth in this fun and lively painting. Huang Yao had immense pleasure in painting children at play. 关于黄尧: 黄尧从三十年代时已开始把人物和孩子入画,五十年下来,他已能够用流畅的线条巧妙地勾勒出孩子们的神韵。黄尧认为艺术作品能反映出画家的性格。他模彷孩子笔蹟的倒写更和有关于孩子的绘画非常相衬。黄尧在一九七八年从槟城搬到吉隆玻和家人一起生活。 Huang Yao during this Period: Huang Yao has been painting human figures and children since the 1930s and after 50 years, he is able to capture the essence of the children’s spirit and movement deftly with the fluidity of his brush lines. It was his conviction that a work of art reflects the painter’s character. His calligraphy, which is based on trying to imitate a child’s handwriting, which he achieves through writing upside down, goes well with paintings of children. In 1978 Huang Yao moved from Penang to Kuala Lumpur to be closer to his family. 黄尧曰: 在作画时有时倦了,我会选些以小孩作游戏的题材,随意画来,一方面使自己也「化」到画面上,重返「孩提时代」,笔随意显,在纸上「儿嬉」一番。一方面,「儿嬉图」中的人物,大多是「手之舞之,足之蹈之」的,自己也不妨,搁下笔来,跳跳动动,松松劲,伸伸臂,实在有时「忘我」,变成了「神经」,(往往一般艺术家,作家,思想家被人视为「怪」,原因在此。)不知我这时正是乐比神仙。 Quote by Huang Yao: Whenever I was tired after painting for some time, I will choose to leisurely paint children playing their games. I feel like I have become like a child in the painting and return to memories of my childhood. My brush follows my imagination as I play like a child on paper. The children in these paintings are active, moving their arms and legs. I too, will drop my brush, stretching and relaxing my arms, moving both of them and the legs too. I forget myself and may look like a 'lunatic'. Maybe, this can be why some artists, writers and thinkers are regarded as peculiar. Nobody knows that at times like this, I am as happy as an immortal!  

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  • +Artist Bio

    Huang Yao (1917- 1987), was born in Shanghai and was an illustrious cartoonist and calligrapher -  one of the last practitioners of the highly respected Chinese literati recluse tradition. His cartoon character Niubizi was a star in the 1930s - at a time when the cartoon, a part of the contemporary art movement, was at its peak in China. A well-known patriotic artist during the national struggle in the resistance war, Huang Yao's mission in art was to practice the past, research the new and create long lasting fruits of culture. In paintings, his innovative works spanned traditional Chinese categories, to more abstract works that rivaled his Western counterparts; all carrying his unique 'upside down' calligraphy or Chuyun Shu (rising cloud writing) that conveyed the air of a child's energy and his passion for life.  Read More

  • +Exhibitions

    2013  
    “Huang Yao: Malaya’s Remarkable Guest”, National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

    2011 
    “Rediscovered Talent: Huang Yao - Cartoonist | Scholar | Painter”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
     
    2008 
    “Exhibition in Commemoration of Huang Yao”, Soka Gakkai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

    2001  
    “Huang Yao Retrospective”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore. 

    2000  
    “Huang Yao’s Calligraphy and Paintings”, Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
     
    1987 
    “Huang Yao Retrospective”, Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    “Huang Yao’s Calligraphy and Painting”, Art House Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

    1986  
    “Huang Yao: Painting on Pottery”, Association of Chung Hwa High School (Seremban) Alumni, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

    1985  
    “Huang Yao’s Calligraphy and Paintings”, Malaysian Writers Association for Scholarship Funds, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
     
    1982 
     “Huang Yao’s Art”, Bethlehem Lions Club, USA. 

    1981  
    “Huang Yao’s Art”, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
    “Folklore, Calligraphy and Art”, Art House Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

    1980 
    “Huang Yao: Exhibition of Eastern Paintings”, East & West Art, Melbourne, Australia. 

    1978  
    “Huang Yao Painting Exhibition”, Ipoh, Malaysia 

    1975 
     “Calligraphy and Art”, Sanjiang Association, Singapore

    1957  
    “Niubizi Education Cartoons”, Merdeka Trade Fair, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. 

    1956  
    “Niubizi Education Cartoon Exhibition”, ChinWu Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
    “Huang Yao: Cartoons, Calligraphy, Paintings”, Organised by the Chinese Cultural Organisation, British Council, Singapore. All proceeds from sale were donated to the Singapore Overseas Chinese Creche. 

    1950  
    “Niubizi in Hong Kong and Words of a Child”, Hong Kong. 

    1947  
    “The Contradiction Collection and the Vietnamese Scenes”, Guangzhou Restaurant, Guangzhou, China. 
    “The Contradiction Collection and the Vietnamese Scenes”, Zhongshan Library, Guangzhou, China.
     “The Contradiction Collection and the Vietnamese Scenes”, Junri Building, Xingwen Bank, Kunming, China. 

    1944  
    Exhibition in Kunming, China in September.
    “Kunming in Cartoons, Guilin in Cartoons and Others”, Guiyang, China.
    “Chinese People in Wartime”, YMCA, Kunming, China. Proceeds to build Wu Hua Middle School Dormitory. 
    “Kunming in Cartoons and Guilin in Cartoons”, Provincial Party Headquarters, Kunming, China. Sponsored by Returned Veterans of Overseas Wars. 
     
    1943 
    “Plum Blossoms” by Huang Yao with poems inscribed by Liu Yazi, on twenty of Huang Yao’s paintings, Guilin, China   
    “Chongqing in Cartoons, Guiyang in Cartoons, Guilin in Cartoons, The Secondary Capital in Cartoons”, City Party Headquarters, Guilin, China. Proceeds for the maintenance of orphanages. 

    1942  
    “Guiyang in Cartoons” or “Scenes of Guizhou”, Guiyang, China. Proceeds donated for the city’s art and culture fund.
    “Chinese People in Wartime”, Guiyang, China. Proceeds donated to the homeless. 
    “100 Longevity Deities”, Guiyang, China. 

    1939 
     “Niubizi Digging War Trenches”, a play by An Er, China. 

    1938 
     “Niubizi Resisting the Enemy Cartoon Exhibition”, Chongqing, China.  

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