Lot 027

b. Johor, 1985


Signed and dated ' AILEI 2009' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
97cm x 130cm

Private Collection, Pahang.

Blank Page, Wei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2009.

ESTIMATE  RM 9,000 - 12,000


Created when Chong Ai Lei was only 24 years of age, Indolence 5 is one of six canvas works submitted for a group exhibition celebrating the beginning of an early career as a full-time artist. Alongside Gan Tee Sheng, Dhavinder Singh and Anabelle Ng, Chong Ai Lei exposes her newly discovered talent as a delicate figurative painter. Illustrated here is an anonymous figure in bed clad in her nightgown with her cleavage in view. Her nightdress lifted from her slumber to reveal her belly, curvaceous thigh and nudecoloured undergarment. Innocent yet sensual in appearance, this piece invites the viewer to observe a sleeping female form and allow a little imagination to come to play without having the fear of getting caught.

Chong Ai Lei obtained a Diploma in Fine Art from Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur in 2005. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions namely Art Below 1000 held at Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2005, 2006 & 2007); Palette at The Gallery@Starhill, Kuala Lumpur (2008); Self Conflict, Self Cohesion, Malaysia Tourism Centre, Kuala Lumpur (2010); Local Only at Taksu, Kuala Lumpur (2011); and Seated at HOM Art Trans (2013) among others. Her first solo exhibition titled P!NK was held at Sangkring Art Space in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2013. She was one of the finalists for the Malaysia Emerging Artist Award in 2009 and 2011. She also received Honourable Mentions from the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists Program, Vermont Studio Centre, United States of America.