Untitled Ink and colour on paper, framed and glazed Signed Soo Pieng in Chinese and English, with one seal of the artist Dated 1968 94cm x 45cm (36¾in x 17½in).
Provenance: a private British collection
鐘泗賓 無題 設色紙本 鏡框 一九六八年作
簽名：亖賓 Soo Pieng 1968 鈐印：鐘
Not only was Cheong Soo Pieng well-known for his signature portrayal of Southeast Asian people with elongated limbs, almond-shaped faces and eyes, he was also highly versatile and experimented with various art forms from painting to sculpture and mixed media.
This painting shows Cheong's stylistic shift towards more refined lines and muted colours after his 2-year sojourn in Europe from 1961 to 1963. Most likely, it shows various scenes of Singapore including Singapore River and Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest Hindu Temple.
Compare Cheong Soo Pieng's oil on canvas titled 'Life in Singapore' in Yeo Wei Wei ed. Cheong Soo Pieng: Visions of Southeast Asia, The National Art Gallery, Singapore, 2010, pp.86-87.
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