Lot 78 | Auction XV

LOT 78

(B. Kedah, 1942)

Contemplating, 1982

Signed and dated “Long Looi Lee 1982” on lower middle
Watercolour on paper
57 x 14 cm

Private Collection, Canada

SOLD – RM 4,484

This mysterious and solemn piece is filled with Lee Long Looi’s personality – the drawn-out features of the subjects, the simplicity that is the palette and the techniques and the entire piece put together is effortlessly aesthetic. Lee Long Looi only incorporates limited colours in this canvas, choosing instead to keep it simple as the subject gazes back at the viewer. She seems to be lost in thought, quiet and demure or a slight bit wary.

Born in 1942 in Kedah, Malaysia, Lee Long Looi graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and moved to New York to further his studies at the Art Students League and thsen at the Pratt Institute. He combines both elements of his Asian heritage and Western techniques in his paintings, and his works are displayed in Citibank, ABC Television, the Gulf Bank of Miami and many more.