Lot 41 | Auction XIX

LOT 41

B. Penang, 1942

Fishing Village at Sunset, 1968

Signed and dated “Tan Peng Hooi 68”

on lower right

Oil on canvas

53.5 x 74 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kelantan

RM 4,500 – RM 7,000

As illustrated here, what is clearly a view of a kelong or a fisherman’s village, with the hauntingly beautiful sunset overlooking the scenery and reflected on the waters below, and a fishermen rowing their boats home to retire for the night. The piece is incredibly hypnotic and beautiful in its colours, exuding the beauty of nature at its best.

Despite the simplicity of the setting, a fisherman’s village the fishermen rowing above the gentle water in their respective boats, Tan Peng Hooi manages to deepen this painting’s sense of place and event. With the convoluted detailing of patterns and shapes, along with the use of breathtaking colours, he creates a mystical, poetic, aesthetic and visually arresting piece, leaving the viewer in spiritual wonder.

Tan Peng Hooi was born in 1942 in Penang. He has a strong artistic reputation, especially since he is a self-taught artist. His works are known to have been widely influenced by John Constable and J. M. Williams Turner, two very renowned British artists during his time. Tan Peng Hooi is known to have his own unique of expression his ideas in his body of work which he derived through his keenperception and senses as well as his matchless sense of observation of nature.