YEONG SEAK LING
Self-taught Artist

1948 - Born in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
1977 - Founder-member of  UTARA ART GROUP
1984 - Founder-member of Penang Water Colour Society
1991 - Full-time professional artist
1996 - Founder of Galeri Art Point
2002 - Initiator & Chairman of International Chung Ling Art Show
2003 - Founder & President of ARTGRUP-PENANG
2008 - Founder & President of ARTGROUP-INTERNATIONAL

EDUCATION
1966 - Chung Ling (P) High School, Penang, Malaysia

PUBLIC COLLECTION:
National Art Gallery, Malaysia,
Bank Negara Malaysia,
Universiti Sains Malaysia Museum & Gallery ,Malaysia,
The Dragon Museum of Art, Taiwan,
Hong Leong Bank, Malaysia.
Yayasan Kesenian Perak, Malaysia,
Penang State Museum & Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia
Dunlop Malaysian Industries Bhd. Malaysia
Malayan Banking Berhad, Malaysia

Philip Morris, United Kington.

Genting View Resort, Malaysia

Art Salon Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia

Maybank Securities Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia

Escoy Smelting Sdn. Bhd. Penang, Malaysia

Syarikat See Wide Letrik Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia

Hong Leong Bank, Malaysia

Sara Lee / De n.v., Malaysia.


And many private collectors in Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, U.S.A., England.


POSITION
1977 - Founder Member of UTARA Art Group, Malaysia.
1978 - Founder Member of
Penang Water Color Society, Penang, Malaysia
1991 - Fulltime Professional Artist
1997 - Director of
Galeri Art Point, Penang, Malaysia
2002 - Founder & Chairman of International Chung Ling Artists
Invitation Show.
2003-07 - Founder & President of ARTGRUP
PENANG
, Malaysia.
2008 - Founder & President of ARTGROUP INTERNATIONAL.
 

AWARDS

1966 - 3rd prize, Young Artist Salon Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1982 - Prize winner, Malaysia Landscape Water Colour Painting Competition,
          National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1983 - Prize winner, Malaysia Landscape Water Colour Painting Competition,
          National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 

HONOUR

1993 - 6 paintings selected for calendar 1993 by Escoy Smelting Sdn. Bhd.

1994 - 6 paintings selected for calendar 1994 “A Collection of Penang’s Flora”
          by Penang Development Corporation. PDC.

1996 - Painting chosen as book cover of Reader’s Digest (Chinese Version) –May 1996

1996 - 12 paintings selected for tabletop calendar 1996 by St. Kobe Welding (M) Sdn. Bhd.

1998 - 12 paintings selected for tabletop calendar 1998 by Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad.

2002 - Painting chosen as book cover of “WARNA & RUPA”, Selected paintings from
          the collection of BANK NEGARA
MALAYSIA. Published by Bank Negara Malaysia.

2006 - One Painting chosen to be printed in the International Museum Diary 2007, published by 
         
the Museums & Galleries Marketing Limited, United Kingdom.
          The diary features
48 paintings by the world great masters like Edouard Manet,
          Paul Gauguin, Jean Francois Millet, George Turner, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and etc.

2007 - One Painting chosen to be printed in the CFM International Wall Calendar 2008 that
          only 12 renowned International Artist from the world.

2007 - Painting chosen as book cover of THE PENANG MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS’ SOCIETY
          75th Anniversary annual Magazine 2007.
2008 -
Invited as excellence artist of the world to participate 2008 Beijing OLYMPIC Fine Art.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
6 Solo Shows from1972 to 2007
1972 - Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia.
          (Sponsored by British Council, Penang, Malaysia)
1973 - British Council, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1974 - British council, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
          (Sponsored by British Council, Penang, Malaysia)
1995 - Tainan Municipal Centre, Tainan, Taiwan.
1995 - The Dragon Museum of Art, Kohsiung, Taiwan
2007 - Husband & Wife Exhibition, Art Salon @ SENI, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 
   

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1973 - Water Color Painting Invitation show, British Council, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1973 - “Man and His world”, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1975 - The Young Contemporaries, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1975 - Ten Top Artists Invitation, Penang, Malaysia.

1977-92 18 Utara Group Exhibitions, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Singapore.

1983 - “Titian I”, National Art Gallery, Singapore.

1984 - Water Colourist Invitation Show, Penang, Malaysia.

1985 - Retrospective Art Exhibition, Museum & Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia.

1988 - “Innovative Water Colour- Two Men Show”, Conservatory of Fine Arts, Penang, Malaysia.

1989 - “Titian II”, National Museum Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.

1989 - National Art Gallery Open Show, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1990 - Artistcamp Landscape Touring Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia.

1991 - Kemalaysiaan Senilukis Malaysia: SOAL IDENTITI, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur,
          Malaysia.

1991 - Pameran Terbuka, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1991 - Penang – Taipeh - Malaysia Art Show, Taipeh & Penang, Malaysia & Taiwan.

1991 - Contemporary Art Exhibition, Songkra Museum, Thailand.

1992-93 - Malaysian Water Colour Show, Kuala Lumpur & Penang, Malaysia.

1993 - Realism Trio Exhibition, Malaysia.

1993 - Malaysian Art, Gallery Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1994 - 1st Contemporary Malaysian Water Colourist Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1994 - Pameran Senilukis Mengenai “Isu Bosnia”, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1994 - De Herligste Billeder Fra Asia at Dronninglund, Kunstcenter, Denmark.

1994 - 9th International Water Colour Exhibition of Asia, Shanghai Museum, China.

1994-99-Asian Modern Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan.

1994 - 10th International Water Colour Exhibition of Asia, Tianjin, .China.

1994 - 31st Asia Modern Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan.

1995 - Contemporary Malaysian Art, Museo De Arte Espanol
          “Enrique Larreta”, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1996-98 - Pekan Seni Ipoh, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

1997 - Pioneer Art Group Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1998 - Heritage Art Exhibition, The Heritage Club, Penang, Malaysia.   

1998 - WWF- Art for Nature Exhibition- NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1998 - The Journey of Malaysian Art (Apec Business Summi Malaysia 1998),
          Anugerah Gallery Sdn. Bhd. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

1999 - Malaysian Artists Group Show, Cultural Foundation Center, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

1999 - Large Paintings Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery, Malaysia

1999 - Bank Negara Annual Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2002 - International Chung Ling Artists Invitation Show, Penang, Malaysia

2004 - Artgrup Penang Exhibition, Penang, Malaysia.

2004 - Artgrup Penang Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2005 - Artgrup Penang Exhibition, Penang, Malaysia.

2005 - Artgrup Penang Exhibition, Beijing, China.

2007 - Merdeka 50: A Celebration of Malaysian Art. Perdana
          Leadership Foundation and Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.
2009 - Art, Life & Vision - 100 Excellent Artists Exhibition, Penang Town Hall, Penang, Malaysia.
2010 - ART SPEAKS - Art International Shanghai 2010, The Bund Art Gallery, Shanghai, China.

 
     
 

Yeong Seak Ling is a well-known master in Water- Colour, Acrylic and Oil painting. He grew up in Penang. In 1966, when he was the Chairman of Chung Ling High School Art Club, he had won the major award in Salon Malaysia National Art Competition in the 70s. He was one of the founder members of the “Utara Art Group”, the earliest contemporary art group that propagated the contemporary art idioms in the northern region of Malaysia in the 70s. Now he serves as the Founder/President of ArtGrup Penang that established in 2003 until now. His earlier works were mainly abstract. He had exploited an innovative water-colour technique to paint on 8 foot canvas. He was the recipient of the major awards for the Malaysian Landscape- Water Colour Competitions organized by the National Art Gallery in 1982 and 1984. During 2005, He started to concentrate on Oil Painting.

Yeong Seak Ling has become a full time artist since1991. His superb realistic rendering of subject-matters related with Malaysia which reflect the quaint and charming essence and the characteristics of Malaysia have captured the hearts of many. Amongst his most popular themes are: Rubber Plantation Series, Pigeon Series, Heritage Buildings, Old Window Series, Kampung House Series, Malaysian Kampung Life Series and Malaysian Sky Series.

Important international publications that featured Yeong Seak Ling’s painting as includes: Reader’s Digest (cover art) – Chinese version 1996; Destination (cover art) - publication of Citibank 1995; “Warna & Rupa” (cover art) - Bank Negara Collection 2002; The International Museum Engagement Diary 2007 Published by ICOM Foundation Collection; CFM International Fine Art Wall Calendar 2008 (Feature 12 artists from 12 countries) and many others. 

Statement By Artist:
     I am a self-taught artist. I practiced charcoal drawing, water colour and oil painting when I was still in secondary school (1961 -1967). I was the President of the Art Club in the Chung Ling High school, Penang. My mentors were Mr. Khor Ean Ghee, Mr. Lee Cheng Yong, Mr. Chuah Thean Teng and Mr. Tan Chiang Keong. In 1966, I won the Salon Malaysia Third Prize (Water Colour Section). 

       I concentrated mainly on water colour for more than 25 years (1965 – 1990).  My subject matters were landscape and abstraction.  In 1990, I began to focus on theme related to Penang scenes, heritage buildings and culture. I have developed a new technique of my own to paint large scale watercolour on paper and on canvas.  My intention is to express the mood, quintessence of buildings, trees and old walls, rocks and pigeons…Realizing the limitation of water colour, I started to paint with acrylic from 1995 to 2005. I began to concentrate on Kampung Life series. Acrylic has become the medium of my art for more than 10 years. Recently, I felt the need to change to oil to satisfy my need to express my innermost feelings and thoughts about ‘Beauty’, Identity and Culture

 
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