Lot 56 | Auction XXXVI



LOT 56


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.