B. Kedah, 1947
Tale of Horses, 1984
Signed and dated with artist’s seal on lower right
Inscribed “a/p” and titled “Tale of Horses” on lower edge of paper
25 x 27 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Canada
RM 500 – RM 1,200
Eng Tay was born in 1947 in Kedah, West Malaysia. In 1968, he moved to New York City and studied at the Arts Student League, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Graphics Center. Here he studied graphic design, painting and printmaking. He worked in the graphic arts field until 1978, when he undertook several painting trips throughout South America and Indonesia. These trips formed a basis for the types of scenes and moments that became his subject matter – images of people playing music, family moments and interactions, market scenes and daily rituals. This particular work departs from Eng Tay’s usual artistic manner of using a vibrant palette. As the title of the etching indicates, this work illustrates what can be assumed as a father and his child, standing against their horses in the background. The horses are portrayed using hues of brown while the father and son stands out with their apparel.