Lot 20 | Auction XXIV


LOT 20

B. Kedah, 1942

River Landscape with Boats8

Signed “Long Looi Lee” on lower left

Batik on rice paper

20 x 45 cm

Private Collection, Kelantan

RM 1,500 – RM 3,000


Although the subject may seem common and conventional, the energy that makes up the palette and the techniques and the entire piece put together is effortlessly aesthetic. One is reminded of a sunny day by the river, and will most certainly connect with those who have high regards for nature at its best. Lee Long Looi only incorporates limited colours in this piece, with crackling lines of batik adding more depth and character. The end product is simple yet profound.

Born in 1942 in Kedah, Lee Long Looi graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and moved to New York to further his studies at the Art Students League and then at the Pratt Institute. He combines both elements of his Asian heritage and Western techniques in his paintings, and his works are displayed in Citibank, ABC Television, the Gulf Bank of Miami and many more.