LONG THIEN SHIH
B. Selangor, 1946
Covid off-guard, 2020
Signed and dated “Thien Shih 2020” on lower left
Acrylic on canvas
105 x 86 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 6,500 – RM 12,000
Created in light of the Covid-19 pandemic the world is battling, this piece sees framed boxes all over the canvas, adorned with colours of blue, yellow, red, white and black, almost as if symbolising the world. Some of the lines of these boxes are blurred and the brushstrokes intentionally half hazard, perhaps symbolising the virus encroaching past the borders and all over the world.
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 may artworks, using various mediums.