Lot 002

b. Negeri Sembilan, 1967


Signed and dated 'L Cheng Thak 2002' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
50.8cm x 40.6cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

Myriads of Colours, Metro Fine Art,
Kuala Lumpur, 2011

ESTIMATE  RM 2,000 - 3,000

It is a daily ritual and romance of prayers and offerings to the Hindu gods in Bali, dubbed the mythical island of the Gods and a paradise for artists the world over since the 19th Century. In Malaysia and Singapore, generations of artists have made pilgrimages there, especially since four Singaporean pioneers made their historic 1952 visit. In his visit to Indonesia which included Bali in 2001, Lui Cheng Thak was similarly captivated by the pageantry and the elaborate rituals of the locals who are predominantly Hindus. Here, he captures a woman in her lace blouse, applying the symbolic rice paste to her forehead, a ritual of the third-eye chakra (ajna) and with the other hand carrying an offering in a bowl. A silhouette of the pura (temple) with the candi bentar (entrance) can be seen in the background. This work was among 24 works inspired by Balinese themes from the Myriads of Colours solo exhibition in 2011.

Lui Cheng Thak turned fulltime artist after graduating from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1989. His forte is with extolling the architectural heritage as liveable abodes and in his own inimitable style of lush grandeur and romance. Cheng Thak also paints about the disappearing trades such as the itinerant roti man or pasembur hawker. He held his first solo called As I Was Passing in Kuala Lumpur in 1997 and his most recent exhibition titled Reborn held in 2012.