Lot 3 | Auction XXXVII





B. Singapore, 1941

Star Balloons, 2012

Signed and dated “Jolly Koh 12” on lower right

Oil & acrylic on canvas

62 x 107 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 20,000 – RM 35,000


Born in 1941 in Singapore, Dr Jolly Koh is possibly one of the most illustrious artists in Malaysia. He studied for his National Diploma in Design at Hornsey College of Art, London in the year 1962. A year after, he obtained his Art Teacher’s Certificate from London as well, and his Masters at Indiana University, USA in 1972. His artworks have been exhibited at the National Art Gallery in Victoria, Australia, Bank Negara Malaysia, the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore and J.D. Rockefeller III Collection, just to name a few.

Concocted by Jolly Koh in 2011, Star Balloons is an otherworldly experience, a medley of wonderful and harmonious hues, supplemented by different intensities and tones. It evokes intrigue and tranquility, a hallmark of Koh’s works. Inspired by his own mind and skills, his style of painting is purely derived from his fantasy world and he morphs them into a tangible form with the combined use of oil and acrylic. This arresting landscape is an incorporation of nature and his prowess as a romantic and lyrical painter.