It may take me anything from days to months depending on the sizes and the complexity of the scenes. I paint what i like to paint...anything that catches my eye. It is all around us, an artist must depict life, so i try to paint my pictures to reflect the real scenes. I also choose subjects that are seldom painted .."
Chia Yu Chian
........This artist is of very special merit. His works are numerous. His paintings represent Paris, London, Madrid and other places in Spain as well as some showing scenes of Malaysia or Portugal are portrayed in contrasting colours and they are specially full of light. His other works, for example the 'Moulin Rouge' (now in the permanent collection of the National Museum Art Gallery. Singapore) reveals the full, exciting life of the Montmartre crowd; other compositions inspired by the people of Singapore show a painter in search of his way. His personality attracts the attention of the specialists. Most of his portraits are excellently drawn, and reflects the inner vitality of his subjects. It is also interesting to follow and appreciate this painter in his composed subjects which inspire him and this even though he uses fancy. Chia Yu Chian is an artist of great sincerity .......
President d'Honneur du syndicat des Journalistes do la Presse Pediodique, Paris, 1959
........It is easy to see that the best Malayan artist Mr. Chia enters the tradition and representation of his country as well as the most modern tendencies of occidental art ....... of the first he conserves the great warmth of colours, of the second he retains the love of synthesising forms .......
Paris "Arts" Juillet, 1959
........In its freedom, liveliness and bold use of colour, Yu Chian's painting is a vivid expression of the richness of Malayan Fife. It is also a striking sign of the vitality of this new movement that Mr. Chia, living and working in relative isolation from his brother artists in the bigger cities, should have the energy and the imagination to create so individual a style. He deserves to be one of Malayan's most promising and original painters.
University of London 1956
.........To me, this remarkable artist is addicted to colours with an irresistible compulsion to use them unashamedly and defyingly. Indeed, he is original. He uses his vivid imagination and unwavering determination to put his conception on to canvas by sheer din of emotional outburst for love of forms and movements-thus creating an original masterpiece of Malayan perspiration and Asian craftsmanship undoubtedly nurtured by inherent Chinese civilization Here is a Chinese musician, poet and painter-merged into one human being-nothing tetterdemalion or second-rate about him. Before he finishes his Tonic C composition he has blended several transpositions of the sub-dominant key with unusual play in moods, tempos and expression He dictates his poem on canvas and inculcates the viewer with force and fancy. Shading a corner here and impounding a mass there or spreading a stroke here and propagating a color there he produces an exotic painting. In short, this fellow is simply a refreshingly original dynamic artist.
Dr. Rene S. K. Young
Singapore. September. 1963
........Mr. Chia is an active and well-known Malayan Artist who won a French Scholarship from his home in Malaya to study in Paris. This is his first show in London ........... It is well worth visiting. Already at home Chia has begun to paint in an impressionist manner, and he has brought to Europe a happy love of bright colour. One of the paintings reproduces the elegant delicacy of his Chinese ancestry, 'Mountain View', but this is because the subjects, in France, demanded this treatment. He has a gift for painting portraits of cities, and one finds the real spirit of familiar places coming through the forms on the canvas. It is pleasant to find someone who finds colour in our grey cities. Compare "Street Scene in Paris' - (Penang State Gallery collection) and 'Rooftops", painted in London, to enjoy the contract of the cities. But in human portraiture Chia can bring life into his outline and colour. Miss Ma Yin-Ping' is one I particularly liked. As yet the work is exuberant and a little explosive, but there is no doubt that we have a very talented painter here whose artistic future is endangered only by the risk of too much popularity. He can paint happy pictures .......
London, "Art News and Review" 1960