b. Singapore, 1941
BUKIT EMAS II, 1997
Signed and dated 'Jolly koh 97' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
56.5cm x 101.5cm
Private Collection, Selangor.
ESTIMATE RM 20,000 - 35,000
PRICE REALISED RM 29,120
Established abstract painter Jolly Koh is represented here with a vibrant expressionist piece characterised by calligraphic gestures and powerful linear forces. Effervescently illustrated in red, orange and yellow with a tinge of blue and white hues, this golden and vibrant landscape emanates an energetic tone distinctive of the artist’s hallmark style.
Artist-educator Jolly Koh is one of the finest colourists in Malaysian art. He was given his first solo exhibition at the British Council, Kuala Lumpur at the age of 17 in 1958. An eighth generation Peranakan Baba, Jolly Koh grew up in Malacca. He excelled in art studies obtaining his National Diploma in Design at the Hornsey College of Art, London (1959 - 1962) and the Art Teacher’s Certificate at the London University (1962 – 1963). He then obtained his MSc (Fulbright scholarship, 1970 - 1972) and Ed.D (1972 - 1975) at the Indiana University in the United States, while being a teaching associate there from 1973 to 1975. He also taught Art in Melbourne and Adelaide from 1976 to 1988. He was a senior lecturer at the MSC College (now SeGi) from 2000 until 2004. His solo show in 2013 entitled Towards The Nebula represents a darker phase in his palette.
Artistic Imperatives (Selected Writings and Paintings) by Dr Jolly Koh , Maya Press, 2004.
Jolly Koh, Maya Press, 2008.