Artist Cheong Soo Pieng ahead of his time; abstract works showcased in new exhibition

Cheong Soo Pieng’s works such as Malay Boy With Bird (1982) (left), Modern Painting (1975) (right) and his abstract paintings of his three children (1974) can be seen at the exhibition.
Cheong Soo Pieng’s works such as Malay Boy With Bird (1982) (left), Modern Painting (1975) (right) and his abstract paintings of his three children (1974) can be seen at the exhibition.PHOTOS: STPI – CREATIVE WORKSHOP & GALLERY
Cheong Soo Pieng’s works such as Malay Boy With Bird (1982), Modern Painting (1975) and his abstract paintings of his three children (1974) (above) can be seen at the exhibition.
Cheong Soo Pieng’s works such as Malay Boy With Bird (1982), Modern Painting (1975) and his abstract paintings of his three children (1974) (above) can be seen at the exhibition.PHOTOS: STPI – CREATIVE WORKSHOP & GALLERY

An exhibition of Cheong Soo Pieng's works shows the late pioneer artist's versatility and sense of innovation

Mention pioneer artist Cheong Soo Pieng and many people will recall his paintings of Balinese women. Others might remember him for his Drying Salted Fish painting, which appears on the back of Singapore's $50 note.

Less known, perhaps, are the innovative techniques that went into his more abstract works, part of an upcoming exhibition at the STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery in Robertson Quay that depicts the artist as someone working well ahead of his time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2019, with the headline 'Artist ahead of his time'. Print Edition | Subscribe