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Lot 015

LUI CHENG THAK
b. Negri Sembilan, 1967

JONKER STREET MELAKA, 2002

Signed and dated 'L Cheng Thak 02' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
76cm x 106cm

PROVENANCE
Private collection, Selangor.

ESTIMATE RM 7,500 - 12,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 9,360


Jonker Street is often bustling and crowded, and with the buildings already spruced up and up-market. In this painting, Jonker Street is unusually “not busy” even with a ‘2002’ time-tag. The people were mostly doing morning marketing. It could be the artist Lui Cheng Thak’s nostalgia take or it could have been painted from impressions of the street years earlier, a decade earlier? The facades are given an antique finish with the short sloping zinc shades in front like a ballerina’s skirt or a poorly tugged blind. In the corner-lot building, another floor is created with its open left-side adorned with a jutting wall strip. Except for the rightmost louvred window, which is open and showing curtain and a bird cage in miniature, the rest were just closed up. This is the fifth time he is featured in the Henry Butcher art auction since his debut in 2002.

Lui has not looked back in expanding and improving the quality of his oil-canvas repertoire since he graduated with a Diploma in Art&Design from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art (1987-89), His solos include As I Was Passing (Hotel Istana, KL, organised by Pelita Hati), Our Heritage (Rusli Hashim Fine Art, KL, 2001), As I Was Passing II (GaleriCitra, 2006), Circles: Nostalgia and Collective Memory, White Box, MAPS Publika, 2014) and seven solos at PinkGuy Gallery, KL, from 2001 with Heart and ending the collaboration with Endless (2017).