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Lot 63: LEE LONG LOOI (B. Kedah, 1942) Malay Lady

MALAYSIAN MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART (Edition XXIII)

by KLAS Art Auction

23 October 2016

2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Description: LEE LONG LOOI (B. Kedah, 1942) Malay Lady Signed “Long Looi Lee” on lower right Batik on rice paper 45 x 30 cm

Condition Report: Signed “Long Looi Lee” on lower right

Notes: This batik masterpiece illustrates a Malay Lady enjoying a quiet and tranquil moment of rest after a whole day’s work while in deep thoughts. Done in Lee Long Looi’s usual style of elongating the features of women, imaginative then were painted in the background, from the mist-like shadow to the intricate batik patterns against which the woman rests. Lee detailing Looi creatively brings a mundane scene in life to a whole new level by blending vibrant and fresh colours, making it a visual treat altogether. All the colours, shapes and use of space work harmoniously together, unified and pleasing to the eye. The artwork is the epitome of simplicity at its best. Born in 1942 in Kedah, Malaysia, Lee Long Looi graduated from the then Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and moved to New York to further his studies at the Art Students League and then 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.

Provenance: Private Collection, Kelantan

Dimensions: 45 x 30 cm

Artist or Maker: LEE LONG LOOI

Medium: Batik on rice paper

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