Painting on the Wall: “Unripe Cherries” by Mei Liong

From some of the pictures of my home that I’ve previously posted, you may have noticed a painting that is elegantly hung on the wall in the living room area beside my Dracaena Fragrans plant.

Unripe Cherries, Painting by Mei Liong

That is the only painting I have in the house for the time being. It’s called “Unripe Cherries”, a mixed-media art piece painted and given to me as a housewarming gift by Mei, a close friend of mine who is a fine artist.


From a slew of her paintings I was asked to choose one that I liked. Of course there were paintings that looked relatively more expensive than “Unripe Cherries”, but having been introduced to the art scene for just a while only begun to understand art a little, I didn’t like the idea of taking something so expensive.

Unripe Cherries, Painting by Mei Liong

I chose “Unripe Cherries”  due to its simplicity. I have always believed in the “less is more” philosophy, and the painting consists of only four colours – yellow, blue, green and red, as well as very few and simple elements.

The focal point of the painting is the cutlery in red, which is placed on top of the rectangular table in the painting. What is also on the table is one huge cherry.

Unripe Cherries, Painting by Mei Liong

Unripe Cherries, Painting by Mei Liong

When asked about her interpretation of the painting, Mei said it was during one of those days in Dundee, Scotland when she was craving cherries. Unfortunately none of the cherries was ripe at that point in time, so that inspired her to “produce” her own cherries – in her masterpiece.

Unripe Cherries, Painting by Mei Liong

Mei used repetition of the cherries to signify her craving for something she didn’t have access to. I love how simple the cherries were drawn in the background.

Unripe Cherries, Painting by Mei Liong

It was just outlines and nothing else – this gives prominence to the focal points, i.e., the cutlery and cherry on the table.

Unripe Cherries, Painting by Mei Liong

I love how putting the Dracaena Fragrans plant next to the masterpiece gives more life to it. The combination just fits so well with my British-colonial themed home.

Well, that’s all about the painting by Mei. If you are interested in Mei’s style of painting, do feel free to contact me and I shall forward to her your contact.