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Poh Ling Yeow

Poh Ling Yeow was born in Malaysia in 1973, spending the first nine years of her life in Kuala Lumpur. Her family then migrated to Adelaide, South Australia where she now lives and works. After completing a Bachelor of Design, specialising in illustration at the University of South Australia, Yeow freelanced as a graphic designer and illustrator. She has been painting full-time since the beginning of 2002.

Working predominantly with acrylic, Yeow's works emphatically explore notions of belonging and origin. As a fifth-generation Chinese Malaysian, Yeow's paintings are an attempt at reconciling this heritage with her western identity.

Her traditionally-influenced works and often whimsical use of Chinese iconography acknowledges the fragmentation of her cultural experience.

Yeow's works in 2007 placed the girl in the traditional terrain of classical Chinese paintings as a stranger in the land of her ancestors.

Poh Ling Yeow’s new body of work for Hill Smith Gallery examines the notion of belonging. As she says “Half Bird is about living in two worlds and trying to find a sense of belonging”. This in between state presents multiple possibilities that Yeow evokes in these enigmatic compositions of hybrid creatures.

As a Chinese-Australian, Yeow reconciles aspects of her past in her work. Previous paintings were based on portraits of family members and expressed a sense of cultural fragmentation and while ‘Half Bird’ continues this theme, it playfully explores it further. Working with acrylic on canvas, the paintings comprise central subjects within deep black backgrounds. An exquisitely rendered array of characters project themes of becoming as if suspended on a dark threshold of possibility.

Poh’s combination of Western and traditional Chinese iconography with contemporary Asian imagery as seen in anime, augments the visual metaphor of living in two worlds at once. Director of Hill Smith Gallery, Sam Hill-Smith says: “we are delighted to host the sixth exhibition of Poh Ling Yeow’s work. Over this period of time, I have seen her practice develop and grow into one that consistently encompasses her love of colour and design with a deeper acknowledgement of her cultural heritage that co-exists in a Western environment.
 

Poh Ling Yeow
October 2011

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Veiled, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2012
Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2011
Half Bird, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2010
Recent Works, Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne

2009
Recent Works, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2008
Recent Works, Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney

2007
Recent Works, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
Recent Works, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne

2006
Recent Works, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
Recent Works, Libby Edwards Galleries, Sydney

2005
Recent Works, Libby Edwards Galleries, Sydney

2004
Hill-Smith Fine Art, Adelaide
Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
Sydney Affordable Art Fair, Hill Smith Gallery2002
Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

Group Exhibitions

2007
Director's Choice, Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide

2006
Libby Edwards Galleries, Brisbane
Pembroke School Exhibition, Adelaide

2005
Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
Libby Edwards Gallery, Woollahra, NSW Sydney Art Fair, (Hill-Smith Fine Art)

2004
Melbourne Affordable Art Fair (Dickerson Gallery)
Sydney Affordable Art Fair, (Hill-Smith Fine Art)

2003
Christmas Collection, Hill-Smith Fine Art, Adelaide
Sydney Affordable Art Fair (Hill-Smith Fine Art)
Yalumba Harvest Market "Framed Food" Group Exhibition, Barossa Valley SA

Collections
BHP Billiton
Borrelli Walsh, Hong Kong

 

Poh Ling Yeow

Madeleine


Medium:
Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions:
90 x 90 cm

$6,000
SOLD

Poh Ling Yeow

Blush


Medium:
Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions:90 x 90 cm
 

$6,000
SOLD

Poh Ling Yeow

Release


Medium:
Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions:
90 x 90 cm

$6,000

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