Lot 26 | Auction XXXIII


LOT 26


B. Selangor, 1946

Cage on the Wall

Inscribed “Trial Proof Cage on the Wall”, signed and dated “Thien Shih 1989” on bottom of paper

Etching on paper

43 x 32 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 1,800 – RM 3,000


Something so straightforward and uncomplicated such as this Cage on the Wall painting is positively packed with aesthetic value. These explorations of the contours, crevices and shapes are the main focus, and the artist himself translates the admiration for these forms onto paper. It is a quiet, serene admiration as well as the artist’s insight and knowledge of his subject.

Long Thien Shih studied art in Atelier 17 and Atelier de Lithographic, Ecole Nationale Superlure des Beaux- Arts, both in Paris. Thereafter, he studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He has won awards such as the First Prize in the 1961 Young Malayan Artists Competition in Kuala Lumpur and the 1992 Prints Prize in Salon Malaysia and has produced many artworks, using various mediums.