Lot 009

b. Selangor, 1962


Signed and dated 'Look Lam 2005' (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
55cm x 76cm

Private collection, Selangor.

ESTIMATE RM 4,500 - 8,000

The obscure figures seated at the open doorway of the stilt attap house reflect the contentment and simple pleasures of kampung folk despite their sparing living conditions. The house with the thatched slope tilting to the right has what look like prop poles on the left. In the sultry weather, the trees around it provide some kind of palliation, while a pet seems none the worse on the sand in the open.

Yong Look Lam explores traditional work culture around fishing boats and stilt-house villages apart from the architectural heritage of pre-War buildings. His watercolour strokes and colours have vastly improved in the past decade, and it was not surprising when he was adjudged 2nd runner-up in the prestigious Malaysia UOB Painting of the Year in 2011 besides 2nd Prize in the Malaysian Landscape art competition organised jointly by the National Art Gallery and Public Finance in 1984. He was also one of the three major winners of the Malaysian Watercolour Society Awards in 1987. He was a founding member of the MWS and is vice-president of the Negri Sembilan Art Society and manager of the Willow Art Centre in Seremban where he is based. He received a double Diploma from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art, of Painting in 1982 and Watercolours in 1983.