Growing up in rural Malaysia throughout the 60s and 70s, our family house was surrounded by a huge land suitable for poultry farming. Back then, we raised our own chickens and ducks for meat as well as for their eggs. It was during this time that my passion for brush painting started and chicken became my favorite practice subject. Over time and as I develop my craft in brush painting, the Rooster and chicken have a special place in my portfolio even until today.
There has been many definitions as to what the Rooster symbolizes especially in the context of the 12 Chinese zodiacs.
It was stated in some writings that the Rooster symbolizes five (5) virtues or values we humans should emulate and cultivate.
Firstly, a rooster’s comb is said to be a symbol of gentleness.
Secondly, its spurs represent courage as they are used for self defense whenever hostile situations arise.
Be it an eagle or any other predators, a Rooster in its attempt to protect its flock will always be ready to confront its enemies. Thus, the third virtue associated with the Rooster is bravery.
Whenever he finds food, a Rooster will make a certain coo that attracts the hens. This action clearly shows how a Rooster can be altruistic in its behavior and thus, selflessness is the fourth virtue of a Rooster.
Last but not least, we all know that the Rooster is well known for its crowing. The timely crowing represents reliability or trustworthiness of the Rooster – always ensuring that the dawn of a new day is announced in style.
Chinese New Year 2017 is the year of the Rooster, my favorite and forte.
Below are some of my artworks to usher in the lunar new year: