Lot 23 | Auction XXXVII



LOT 23


B. Johor, 1936 – 1991

Emerald Temple, Bangkok, 1972

Signed and dated “Yu Chian 72” on lower left

Oil on board

52.5 x 43.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Sarawak

RM 18,000 – RM 25,000


Born in Johor in 1936, Chia Yu Chian studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The ‘Emerald Temple, Bangkok’ is a depiction of Chia’s fascination with the architecture of Buddhist temples. The stupa takes precedence in the foreground, capturing the antics of devotees at the temple. The gold hues decorating the stupa against the emerald-looking skies announce the scene’s beauty and capacity. Early this year, from Feb 17 to June 23, Ilham Gallery paid homage to the late artist through an exhibition entitled, Chia Yu Chian: Private Lives. The exhibition focused on the last decades of the artist’s practice, showcasing his paintings from the late 1960’s until his passing in 1991.