Untitled (Visit the Elders with Two Children)

Born to a literati family in Shanghai, China, Huang Yao (1914-1987) received his formative education from his father in classical literati traditions and calligraphy, particularly in the archaic scripts of oracle bone and bronze inscription. In the 1930s, he gained recognition as a talented cartoonist for creating the comic character “Niu Bi Zi” which was widely used as an educational resource in schools. Huang travelled to Southeast Asia after the end of World War II in 1945, and resided in different countries before settling permanently in Malaysia in 1956. He worked primarily as an art educator until his retirement in 1973. A prolific artist, he had held 23 solo and group exhibitions and six retrospective exhibitions.Another genre in Huang’s wide repertoire is the painting of folklore and mythology. Tao Yuan Ming (365-427), a poet from the Southern Song dynasty had written a piece lamenting his mistake of joining officialdom; Huang depicts the happy scene of Tao’s return to his hometown, being welcomed by children and servants. An array of brushstrokes and linework is seen in this work, bearing testimony to Huang’s strong foundation in traditional ink painting.

Artist Name
Huang Yao
Image size: 89.9 x 178.2 cm
Accession No.
Chinese ink and watercolour on Chinese paper
Collection of
National Gallery Singapore
Credit Line
Donated by Carolyn Wong