Lot 20 | 13 December 2020



LOT 20


B. Singapore, 1939 – 2005

Malay Fishermen, 1981

Signed on lower right and comes with certificate signed by the artist

Watercolour on rice paper

60 x 98 cm

Private Collection, UK

RM 18,000 – RM 35,000

The lines between fantasy and reality are often blurred when it comes to works done by Tay Bak Koi. He incorporates that idyllic and dream-like quality into his paintings and made it his signature. In fact, he is known for merging fantasy with realism. For instance, his realistic sceneries and landscapes are often injected with fairytale-like interjections. This emphasises the hybridisation of reality and perception, as seen in this piece. As indicated by its title, the ‘Malay Fishermen standing in the Water, 1981’ is a serene work depicting seven fishermen standing waist-deep in water with their rods and straw hats.