B. Pahang, 1943 – 1982
Stilt Houses, 1970s
Signed “RAMLI MALEK” on lower right
Oil on board
29.5 x 66 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Canada
Ramli Malek is born in 1943 in the state of Pahang. Possibly drawing influece from his birthplace, the artist looked to the old-world charm of village houses on stilts as his subject for his painting. Just as depicted in the painting, stilt houses are usually built on water. Stilts are the main characteristic of a typical Malay kampung house. The monotonous use of palette also creates an illusion of these hot a dim backdrop akin to sunset lighting.