LONG THIEN SHIH
B. Selangor, 1946
Kelong on Water, 1964
Signed and dated “Thien Shih 64” on lower left
Oil on masonite board
35 x 54 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Something so straightforward and uncomplicated such as this Kelong on Water painting is positively packed with aesthetic value. These explorations of colours, contours, crevices and shapes that make the kelong is the main focus, and the artist himself translates the admiration for these forms onto paper. It is a quiet, serene admiration as well as the artist’s insight and knowledge of his subject.
Long Thien Shih studied art in Atelier 17 and Atelier de Lithographic, Ecole Nationale Superlure des Beaux- Arts, both in Paris. Thereafter, he studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He has won awards such as the First Prize in the 1961 Young Malayan Artists Competition in Kuala Lumpur and the 1992 Prints Prize in Salon Malaysia and has produced many artworks, using various mediums.