Lot 16 | 28 November 2021




LOT 16


B. Kedah, 1947

Untitled, 2007

Signed and dated “eng tay 07” on lower left

Oil pastel on canvas

61 x 76.5 cm

Private Collection, Sarawak

RM 29,000 – RM 38,000

Eng Tay was born in 1947 in Kedah and moved to New York City in 1968 to study at the Arts Student League, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Graphics Center, where he studied graphic design, painting and printmaking. He worked in the graphic arts field until 1978, when he undertook several painting trips throughout South America and Indonesia. These trips formed a basis for the types of scenes and moments that became his subject matter – images of people playing music, family moments and interactions, market scenes and daily rituals. Eng Tay brings a universal quality, combined with personal myth into his works, and has evolved a narrative style that is lyrical, nostalgic, mysterious and exotic. He has found a way to reveal the harmony of life through the images of his memory. Since his goal is to create simple poetry, his works are not ornate or pretentious but a poetic language that is freely accessible and readily learned, leaving a lasting impression of people in action and poetry in motion.