Keng Seng Choo
B. Kedah, 1945
Farmer and Cockerel, 2012
Signed and dated “Seng Choo 12” on bottom right
Oil on canvas
80 x 45 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kedah
RM 4,500 – RM 7,000
The women in Keng Seng Choo’s still-life paintings always have those distinctively pointed chins and bodies that are a tad elongated. Captured in this piece is a woman and clutching a cockerel, in a moment of stillness and quiescence.
This painting has an deep glow and quiet radiance to it, as a result of Keng Seng Choo’s smooth and expert blending of rich, warm yet lively colours. With the subjects’ eyes shut and their lips characteristically discernible, this piece evokes an air of silent contemplation with a tad of comfort and ease.
Born in Kedah in 1945, Keng Seng Choo was educated at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. He participated various art exhibitions in Malaysia and Singapore and was also the recipient for the silver medal at The New York International Art Show and the first prize at Pastel in Malaysia competition in 1988.