TAN PENG HOOI
B. Penang, 1942
Ayer Itam Temple
Oil on canvas
53.5 x 72 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Canada
RM 5,000 – RM 12,000
This painting illustrates the simple charm of the sacredness of Ayer Itam temple. The soothing palette Tan Peng Hooi employs here makes one long for such a tranquil space, an escape from complications and qualms. This piece, despite being compact with details to parade Tan Peng Hooi’s skills, is very realistic and it also comes off as being almost therapeutic, exuding a warm feeling to anyone who lays their eyes upon it.
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 expressing his ideas in his body of work which he derived through his keen perception and senses as well as his matchless sense of observation of nature.