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Pregnant Earth
Pregnant Earth

In this painting, Yeoh Jin Leng  renders  the natural landscape in the  abstract form. He expresses his emotional connection to the landscape through his use of colour. Circular shapes of deep red and crimson with swatches of green, ombre, and purple while above, a band of bright blue establishes an internal frame for the composition.  An ardent environmentalist, the artist has had  a life-long affinity with nature and this deep connection is conveyed through these almost vibrating colour fields.

Acrylic on canvas
85 x 85 cm
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Yeoh Jin Leng
About Yeoh Jin Leng

Yeoh Jin Leng (b.1929) was born in Perak, Ipoh. The artist received his training education at the Malayan Teachers Training College, Kirby, England in 1953 and was the first Malaysian Federal scholar of art who furthered his art studies at the Chelsea School of Art in London (1957-1961) and the London University’s Institute of Education (1962-1963). Upon returning to Malaysia, he went on to hold various positions in art education and organisations including Lecturer in Art Education at the Specialist Teachers’ Training Institute (1963-1968); founding member and Vice-President of the Malaysian Artists’ Association (1982-1984); Dean of Studies at the Malaysian Institute of Art (1985-1994). He garnered several awards during his career such as the Ahli Mangku Negara in 1972 and Kesatria Mangku Negara Malaysian Government award in 1994 for his services and contributions to the local art industry. In 1965, his first solo exhibition was held at the British Council, Kuala Lumpur.  In 1996, a retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the National Art Gallery Malaysia.

Further Readings

  • Yeoh Jin Leng, Arts and Thoughts, 1952 - 1995, T.K. Sabapathy, National Art Gallery Malaysia, 1996

  • Simon Soon, ‘Notes on GRUP’, Gerak, Rupa, Ubah, Penyataan 1957-1973,  ILHAM Gallery, 2017. 

  • Modern Artists of Malaysia, T.K. Sabapathy, Redza Piyadasa, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1983

Learning Section

  • What do you see in this painting? Describe the colours you see. Describe how the artist has applied paint. What shapes do you see? Are there any areas of light in the painting?

  • What elements of the landscape has the artist included in this artwork?  What is not included?

  • This painting is called Pregnant Earth. What do you think the artist means by this title?