ABOUT THE ARTISTS/ BIODATA
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about Yuen Chee Ling
Dr. YUEN CHEE LING
Born in Penang 1950. Started oil painting at the age of 13. Prize winner of N. Malaysia Youth Artists Competition (1965-1966). Awarded scholarship by Malaysia Ministry of Culture for Creative Art –USM (1980) and University Scholar- University of Philippines (1983). Graduated BFA (1985) and MFA (1986) Degrees at University of the Philippines, In 2007, she was awarded Doctorate degree for Fine Arts by University Sains Malaysia.
Since 1991, she had developed a figurative style of her own to reflect the unique characteristics and spiritual essence of the Pan- Asian women. Her recent Nyonya series is a reminiscence of the old Penang. The day-to day life of the ‘Nyonyas’(womenfolk of the Straits Chinese Baba) in relation to own her childhood experiences.
Held 15 solo
exhibitions locally and abroad and numerous group exhibitions in important
national and state museums in Malaysia, Argentina, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan,
China, Australia, United Kingdom, USA , Denmark, Korea, Vietnam and moscow. Co-founder/Director
of Conservatory of Fine Arts since 1987. Initiator cum organizer of Her Presence In Colours
Exhibition -Asian International Women Artists Exhibition series since 1993.
Founder cum President of World International Women Artists Council –INWAC since
established its subcenters in various regions of the world to promote
women’s art through the “Her Presence In Colours” - International Women
Artists Exhibition Series. To date,“Her Presence In Colours series I-X were held at Beijing(China), Penang
( Malaysia), Bangkok( Thailand), Kuala Lumpur( Malaysia), Sheffield (UK), Dague
( Korea), Portland (USA). Ho Chi
Min City (Vietnam) and Ulanbaatar ( Mongolia)
In 2008, Dr. Yuen Chee Ling received the honor and award from the Olympic Fine Arts Beijing 2008 as "Excellent Artists of the World" and received the Olympic Gold Medal, Olympic Torch and Certificate .
In 2013, Dr. Yuen Chee Ling was invited by the Association of Russian’s Women Artists as international advisor of the Project of Moscow International Festival devoted to 100-years Anniversary of International Women’s Day March 8, 2013. She was announced as Honorary Member of The Russia Royal Academy of Fine Arts at a ceremony held at the Central House of Artists, Moscow on May 8.
In 2014, Dr. Yuen Chee Ling received the certificate of Honor and Gold Medal from the Mongolian Intelligent Women & Scientific Non Governmental Organization (NGO) for her artistic achievement and contribution in the promotion of women's art for the advancement of a new global art culture.
Born Penang, Malaysia,1950.
1980- 81 Study Creative Arts Certificate Course at University Sciences Malaysia.-
Studied at the University of the Philippines. Awarded University Scholar,
research candidate at University Sains Malaysia (USM).
Director/Founder, Conservatory of Fine Arts)
Founder/ President of International Women Artist Council (INWAC)
Founder/Director, Galeri Art Point
Founding member of Artgrup Penang
1966 Recipient of outstanding works for watercolour and oil, Northern Malaya Art Competition.
1968 School Art Prize.
1980- 81 Recipient of scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports to study Creative Arts Certificate Course at University Sciences Malaysia.-
1983-85 Studied at the University of the Philippines. Awarded University Scholar
University of the Philippines (1983). Graduated Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree(1985)and Master of Fine Arts Degree (1986).
2000-03 Painting and biodata listed in A Collection of Art Works by 20th Century Women Artists, published by China Documentary &
All-China Women Federation in conjunction with the International Women Convention.
Oil painting entitled “Dressing Up” selected for Reader’s Digest Back Cover Art, April Issue.
Commissioned by the publisher of the Encyclopedia of Malaysia, to do 5 articles for Crafts and the Visual Arts.
Oil paintings “Self Portrait” ;“Golden Season” ; “One Fine Day” published in the cover of The Expat (2000) , Hotel ( 2001) , Cosmi (2003)
2004 Paintings entitled “Two seated women” and “Silver Charriot Procession” collected by National Art Gallery, Malaysia
Selected as Representatives
of Excellent Artists of the World to exhibit at Olympic Fine Arts
Exhibition organized by Olympic Fine Arts Committee 2008 held at China
Exhibition Center.Recipient of Gold Medal, Olympic Torch, and Certificate
of Honor from the Olympic Fine Arts Committee.
2009 Invited as Guest of Honor to grace the opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting of the 4th Asia International Art and Antique Exposition, Hongkong.
2010 Awarded Certificate of Honor presented by Royal Rosarians (The official Ambassador of Portland, USA)
2012 Awarded Certificate of Honor by Service of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City
2013 Awarded "Honorary Member of The Russia Royal Academy of Fine Arts"
at a ceremony held at the
Awarded Gold Medal and Certificate of Honor by
"Mongolian Intelligent Women & Scientific (NGO)"
Solo Exhibitions (17 times)
1978-80 5 Solo exhibitions in Penang, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Bangkok,
1985 Image to Image, Philam Life Cultural Center, Manila, Philippines.
1987 Image to Image- Yuen Chee Ling Solo Exhibition, Penang Museum & State Art Gallery.
1991 Post Genre- Figurative Paintings of Yuen Chee Ling, Artville - Penang ,
1991 Post Genre- Figurative Paintings of Yuen Chee Ling, Chin Ping Gallery-Taipeh , Taiwan
1995 In Deep Thoughts, the Silent World, Yuen Chee Ling Solo Exhibitions at Art Salon , Kuala Lumpur
1997 Yuen Chee Ling Solo Exhibition at Cultural Foundation Center, Abu Dhabi ( 1997)
1999 Yuen Chee Ling Oil Paintings Exhibition at Tainan Art Center, Taiwan & Dongmen Art Gallery.
2001 Yuen Chee Ling Solo Exhibitions at Art Salon , Kuala Lumpur
2007 Duo Solo Exhibiiton - Yeong Seak Ling & Yuen Chee Ling at Art Salon @ Seni Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2008 Excellent Artists Of The World-Yeong Seak Ling & Yuen Chee Ling-Duo Solo cum Charity Auction at Schonbrunn Hotel, Beijing
2009 Art Legacy of Malaysia, Asia World Expo- Hongkong. (Trio Solo-Yeong Seak Ling, Yuen Chee Ling , Yeong Ning)
2011 Duo Solo Exhibition -Yeong Seak Ling & Yuen Chee Ling, Galeri Art Point, Penang, in conjunction with Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism
Participated in more than 150 group exhibitions at the national museums, art galleries and art centers in Malaysia, Argentina, Tokyo, China, Philippines, Abu Dhabi and Taiwan since 1972, including the following:
1972 Penang Teachers’ Art
Circle Annual Art Exhibition
1978 Young Contemporary’81, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
1984 Universiti Sains Malaysia Museum Collection Show, USM Museum, Penang.
1985 Penang Watercolorists Invitation Show, Penang mUSEUM & State Art Gallery
1986 20 Years Retrospective Show, Penang Museum & State Art Gallery, Penang.
1989 Titian II, National Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.
1990 Artist Camp’ International, Penang State Art Gallery
1991 Malysian Art Show, Taipeh Cultural Education Pavilion, also served as curator
1991 Soal Identity, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Indonesia/ Malaysia.
1991 Nuansa-Pameran Senilukis Wanita Indonesia-Malaysa, Gedung pameran Seni Rupa, Depdibud, Jarkarta, indonesia ( 26 Ogos-4 September,1991) , National Art Gallery, Malaysia ( 23 October-9 November 1991)
1992 Art Exhibition and Auction for the Restoration of the Great Wall of China, Raffles Convention Center Singapore. (Painting sold)
1992 Malaysian Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1993 Her Presence In Colours I- 7 Asian Women Artists Exhibition, Central Institute of Fine Art Gallery, China
1994 Malaysia Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Buonos Aires, Argentina
1994 De Heritage Billeder Fra Asia, Drunninglund Kunstcenter, Denmark.
1994-99 Asian Modern Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
1995 Her Presence In Colours II- Asian Women Artists Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery.
1996 Asian Modern Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Art museum, Tokyo, Japan.
1996-99 Seni-Pekan Seni Ipoh, Yayasan Seni Perak.
1997 Her Presence In Colours III-International Women Artists Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery
1997 Achievement of World Chinese Women Artists Exhibition, World Trade Center, Beijing, China.Invited by the All China Women Alliance.
1997 Pioneering Spirit 1950 - 1960s, National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1998 Malaysian Artists Group Show, Cultural Foundation Center, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Invited to conduct Batik Paintign Workshop at the Artworkshop, Cultural Foundation Center, Abu Dhabi
1998 Penang- The Artists’ Paradise, Art Point Gallery, Penang.
1999 Large Paintings Exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery. Also as guest curator of the exhibition.
1999 Aku-99 -Self Portraits Show, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia. Invited as panel speaker for Art Forum on “Portraiture in Contemporary Art”
1999 Penang Water Colour Society Annual Show. Invited as panel speaker for Art forum: Water Colour Today.
1999 Her Presence In Colours IV-International Women Artists Exhibition, Suan Prakkad Palace Museum, Bangkok, Thailand.
1999 Through our Eyes, An Exhibition of Selected Works by Malaysian Women Artists, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia.
1999 Enchanting Penang II- Galeri Art Point, Penang
2000 Dialogue with New Millinium, Galeri Art Point
2002 Her Presence In Colours IV-International Women Artists Exhibition, Clock Tower Gallery, UK
2004 Her Presence In Colours V-International Women Artists Exhibition, Manningham State Art Gallery, Melbourne
2005-06 Northern Vantage- Artgrup Penang Inaugural Exhibition, USM AMRO Gallery
2006 Her Presence In Colours VI-International Women Artists Exhibition, Daegu Art Center, Korea
2006 Into the Mystic, Verde Gallery, Illinois, USA
2006 Link: Penang: Beijing- Artgrup Penang
Exhibition”, USM AMRO Gallery & Museum of the China Capital Normal
2007 Batik- Batik Painting & Painting Batik, Petronas Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2008 Olympic Fine Arts 2008″ exhibition at the China International Exhibition Centre
2008 Her Presence In Colours VIII- International Women Artists Exhibition, China National Art Gallery, Beijing. International Organizer cum keynote speaker for the opening.
2008 Vision- 3rd Artgrup Penang Exhibition, USM Museum, Penang.
2009 Art, Life Vision- 100 Excellent Artists, Pennag Town Hall
2010 Women, Art & Life- Malaysian Women Artists Exhibition, Galeri Art Point.
2010 Her New Vision- An Art
Exchange between China & Malaysia Women Artists" at
2010 Art Speaks- International Artists Exhibition, The Bund Art Gallery, Shanghai.
2010 Shanghai- Penang Oil Paintings" Galeri Art Point, Penang.
2010 Her Presence In Colours IX- International Women Artists Exhibition-USA 2010, Littman Gallery, PSU, Portland, USA.
2011 Living Art from Ancient Land- Ceramic Paintings by Cai Zhong Shun (Jingdezhen Grand Master) & Malaysia Women Artists.
2011 Duo Solo- Yeong Seak Ling & Yuen Chee Ling, Galeri Art Point in commemoration with Tourism Malaysia 2011
2012 Local Oil Painters, Galeri Art Point Penang in commemoration with Georgetown Festival 2012
2012 Her Presence In Colours X- International Women Artists Exhibition-Vietnam 2012, HO Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.
Her. New Vision II – Malaysia & Singapore Women Artists
Exhibition jointly organized by Malaysia Women Art
Invited Artist for Exhibition "Deep Emotion to my hometown-
Heshan",Heshan Museum, Guangzhuo, China .
Her Presence In Colours XI- International Women Artists
Exhibition-Mongolia 2014, Mongolia National Art Gallery
Art Books /Publications:
Published 7 catalogues and 2 art books including the recent publication:
Image to Image- Yuen Chee Ling, published by Penang State Art Gallery, 1987
Post Genre- Figurative Paintings by Yuen Chee Ling, published by Artville, Penang, 1991
Figurative Paintings of Yuen Chee Ling, published by Conservaotry of Fine Arts, 1994
Thoughts, the Silent World, published by Art
Salon , Kuala Lumpur, 1995
Yuen Chee Ling- Nyonya Reminiscence published by Galeri Art Point, Penang, 2006
Yeong Seak Ling & Yuen Chee Ling, published by Art Salon Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur,2008
Batik as Painting published by Conservatory of Fine Arts and University of Europe Asia , 2008.
Figura Wanita Dalam Karya Pelukis Wanita Malaysia, thesis, Universiti Sains Malaysia 2007
Self Portrait- Reflection of Oneself - published by Conservatory of Fine Art
Chief Editor for Art. Her
Magazine a biannual magazine published twice a year (
Nightingale-Anthology of poems by Fang Ang, 1980
Lovers, Lunatic & Lalang, Anthology of Poems by Cecil Rajendra, 1989
Child Of The Sun And Other Poems, by Cecil Rajendra, published by L'ouverture Publication , London, 1986
Painting entitled: Image to Image -variation no 26 selected for book cover of Short story of Chen Zheng Xin, published by Palm Tree Publisher, 1993.
Painting entitled: "Golden Season" selected as Cover art for Hotel, 1995
entitled “ Self Portrait” for Expats Magazine, 1995
biography are listed in publications: Dictionary of the Achievements of
World Chinese Artists, 20th Century Women Artists, Published by China
Documentary Department, 1995.
Painting entitled:”Chap Goh Meh II” selected as book cover at for Morning Beijing, Beijing 'Korean Vision' 2008 , Beijing, China
Painting entitled:”Chap Goh Meh” selected as book cover at for publication Kitsuryo-chin Monogatari. Translation from Jiling Chun Qiu published by 2. Jimbunshoin, Japan., 2010.
Columnist writer for Art
Yin Her magazine (1983)
Oriental Daily (2006)-23 articles published.
Write-up by others
More than 100 write-ups and reviews
about her art by art writers and critics appeared in the art columns of
newspapers and art magazines
Interviewed by Television & Radio Broadcast
and Broadcasting, 1968
Museum and Public Collection
National Art Gallery, Malaysia
And numerous individual collectors.
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