YONG LOOK LAM
b. Selangor, 1962
PULAU KETAM, 1996
Signed and dated 'LOOK LAM 96' lower left
Watercolour on paper
56cm x 76cm
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 4,000 - 6,000
PRICE REALISED RM 9,900
Pulau Ketam, which lies off the coast of Port Klang, has been one of Yong Look Lam’s favourite painting spots since 1980 as it is close to his Klang hometown. Look Lam also likes to paint in places like Pulau Besar, Tanjung Dawai, Tanjung Apong and Semporna. He uses a technique that he dubbed as the ‘Square Style’ developed since 1983. In it, he creates a complex structure of pixelated myriad units consistent with his subject of boats, moorings and fishermen’s stilt houses. It also creates the effect of a pseudo abstract style. His works are mainly inspired by his experiences in travelling and observations on architectural wonders of the heritage of towns and cities, as well as fishing villages and local landscapes.
Yong Look Lam is an artist-activist specialising in watercolours. He had once managed the Willow Art Centre in Seremban and in 2011, he was a visiting professor of the Training Centre of Henan Association. He is also the consultant of the Sim Mow Yu Calligraphy Museum in Malacca. Look Lam graduated from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in Fine Art (1982) and Watercolour (1983). He was a recipient of numerous awards that included Second Prize, Malaysian Landscape, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1984), Malaysian Watercolour Society Award (1987) and Third Prize in the 2011 UOB Painting of the Year. He is one of the founding members of the Malaysian Watercolour Organisation and is also vice-president of the Negeri Sembilan Art Society. He has held six solo exhibitions since his first at City Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 2004.