Lot 011

b. Negeri Sembilan, 1967

BALI SERIES 17, 2002

Signed 'LChengThak' (lower left)
Inscribed 'Bali Series - 17 LChengThak 02' on reverse
Oil on canvas
50cm x 40cm

Private Collection, Penang.

ESTIMATE  RM 2,500 - 3,500

Inspired by a visit to Bali in 2001, Lui Cheng Thak produced his first Bali series. Featuring the daily ritual of prayers and offerings to Hindu Gods performed by locals, this series captures the mesmerising ceremony of the rituals, the beauty of the Balinese women as well as the captivating ambience of the surroundings and architecture. In Bali Series 17, a woman sits on the ground in quiet contemplation, her face is turned away so we cannot see her expression although there is a distinct pensive atmosphere contained within the piece. Smoke drifts from the incense and dappled light falls around the figure. The clothing of the woman is painted beautifully, the detail and sheerness of the fabric is reproduced skillfully, and the light that falls on her sarong has a strong luminous quality. This introspective piece is an alluring one - drawing viewers in with curiosity as to what may the woman be thinking - while the radiance of the piece holds the eye revealing Cheng Thak’s mastery of light and shadow.

Lui Cheng Thak turned full-time artist after graduating from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1989. Cheng Thak’s greatest muse has been old buildings and street scenes in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Penang, and is normally recognised for his iconic paintings of windows and birdcages that pay homage to Malaysia’s heritage, history and culture. It is through exquisite technique and continual development that this artist manages to keep the art of painting alive and relevant in modern times. To date, Cheng Thak has taken part in numerous exhibitions and has found much recognition for his works. 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. His paintings can be found in several prestigious public and private collections including the National Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.