KENG SENG CHOO
b. Kedah, 1945
RURAL LIFE, 1983
Signed and dated 'Seng Choo 83' (lower right)
Oil on canvas stretched on board
107.5cm x 241.5cm
Private Collection, Penang.
ESTIMATE RM 18,000 - 30,000
PRICE REALISED RM 42,560
|Keng Seng Choo observantly depicts the romantic life of rural Malaysia in this epic masterpiece. Heritage and cultural objects such as wau, bubu, congkak and seruling that represent the simple life are depicted alongside stylised figures - in the act of carrying a bundle of rice, cockerels, a basket of fruits and drinking coconut - symbolic of the abundance in the Southern Seas. A coconut tree trunk is placed vertically on the right creating an attractive composition in a quarter of the landscape. Also illustrated are pigeons and swallows across the picture plane. The brown palette and dark tones signify the rusticity of the charming life in the countryside, imbuing a sense of nostalgia.
A graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1965, Keng Seng Choo has been exhibiting his works locally and abroad since. His works have won numerous awards including a Silver Medal at the New York International Art Show in 1970 and First Prize at Pastel in Malaysia competition organised by Micasa Hotel Apartments in 1988. Among the group exhibitions he participated were 10 Friends Art Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore (1966), Special Art Exhibition on Bali Scenery and Subjects at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore (1971), the Taegu International Art Biennale (1991 – 1996) and Open Show at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2001).