Lot 55 | Auction XIX

LOT 55

B. Penang, 1938

Rubber Tapper Series

Signed “Tay Mo Leong” on lower left


55.5 x 91cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kelantan

RM 8,000 – RM 12,000

“He is known for innovative double-resist process on batik painting.”

Dato’ Tay Mo Leong created this arresting vision through batik, a combination of the right colours making this piece seem enigmatic and almost intimidating in its beauty.

Cast against a shadowy background which provides the ethereal atmosphere, the direction with which the artist works creates the illusion that something simple as rubber tapping can look so awe-inspiring. The lines and details of batik is palpable here, making this piece seem more unique and breath-taking that it already is.

Dato’ Tay Mo Leong was born in Penang in 1938. He studied art at the Provincial Taipei Normal College (Fine Art) in Taipei frin 1957 to 1960. Known for being one of the foremost Malaysian artists to employ the batik medium, his work is frequently described as abstract, experimental, daring and free. He is the chairman of the Art Gallery Committee of Penang, a member of the State Museum Board and the president of the Penang Watercolour Society since 1985.