KOK YEW PUAH
B. Selangor, 1947-1999
Signed and dated “KOK YEW PUAH 1970” on lower right
Inscribed “3/6 JIRIKI” in pencil on lower edge of paper
Silkscreen on paper
90 x 72.5 cm
Private Collection, Selangor
“His art is about today. There is an authenticity about the man and his art. There is a contemporaneity in his art.”
Kok Yew Puah studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. He obtained a Diploma in Painting and Master Diploma in Printmaking. He was recognised as an accomplished and innovative printmaker shortly after returning from his studies and created works of abstract art in hard-edged and silk-screen print techniques, before moving on to other realistic works that quickly made him known as the documenter of the changing environment in Malaysia.
Among the awards he had won are the Philip Morris Malaysia Art Awards (2nd Prize), Honourable Mention at the 1997 Philip Morris Malaysia Art Awards. Throughout his career, he held solo exhibitions in Australia and Malaysia.