Lot 25

Lot 25

B. Kedah, 1939

Wind Dance, 2002

Signed “SUI HOE” on lower left
Signed, titled and dated on verso
Oil on canvas
80 x 80 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 31,360

This painting of cacti done in earthy tones may come across as whimsical, although the simplicity of the piece combined with the subsequent intricacy of techniques that were employed to execute this piece make this truly a gem.

According to Adelaide’s The Advertiser, Khoo Sui Hoe is a naïve figurative painter with overtones of surrealism, and he paints serene but mysterious, dream-like figures, unmistakably oriental in the bold and vibrant colours so typical of South East Asian art.

Primitive yet expressionistic, Khoo Sui Hoe’s works are indeed and unique, and all the elements in the piece work perfectly in tandem with one another. He somehow incorporates nature and magic at once, creating this piece that requires a little more dissecting, and this piece successfully engages the audience.