Lot 115

b. Kedah, 1947


Signed and dated ‘Eng Tay 2002’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas
50cm x 60cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired directly from the artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 18,000 - 25,000
Known for his pleasant interpretation of salubrious families with musical instruments, Eng Tay captures the essence of a harmonious relationship through the whimsical poetry of life. In a relaxed tone, he orchestrates a figure playing the piano while the other gently plucking a chord of the cello, as a child hums a hymn. The bond that the trio forms at this moment is just as synchronous as their mutual affection for one another. The idealised family unit, dressed in traditional attire, is united by the blissful sound of music.

New York-based Eng Tay has built an international reputation of 45 years with his endearing figure-types in nearly 100 solo exhibitions all over Asia, Europe and the United States. He headed straight to New York in 1968, first to study at the Art Students League (1969 - 1972), the School of Visual Arts (1972 -1978) and was a participating artist at the Pratt Graphics Centre while working as a graphic designer for the Red Book Magazine. A versatile artist, he has distinguished himself in paintings, prints and sculptures. The Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur hosted a major retrospective for Eng Tay, simply titled Eng Tay: The Exhibition in 2009, to celebrate his fourth decade of creating art. In the exhibition, Eng Tay also unveiled a series of large masterpieces in homage to the great masters of art. His works are in the collection of the Fukuyama Museum of Art, Hiroshima in Japan; the Frankie Valli Estate and the Merv Griffin Estate in the United States; the New York University (Department of Anthropology) and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. His monumental bronze sculptures adorn the Kiaraville and SENI condominium in Mont Kiara and Zehn Bukit Pantai in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.