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Lot 037

KOAY SOO KAU
b. Penang, 1946

URBANISATION, 1979

Signed 'S. K. Koay' (lower right)
Batik
84cm x 90cm


PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Penang.


ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 9,000

PRICE REALISED  RM 6,720

Appearing at Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers auction for the very first time, Koay Soo Kau is no stranger to the local art scene. He has been painting batik since the 1960s and has today evolved into creating whimsical and surreal still life oil paintings. On offer here is an early batik piece illustrating a rooftop view of a village scene. Intricate outlines of rooftops amidst lush banana tree leaves indicate a peaceful day in the village on a sweltering hot day on the island suggested by the warm yellow and orange dye.

Koay Soo Kau obtained his art education from Teacher Training College (1966 – 1967). He has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1969 with seminal shows displaying batik art and oil paintings titled Metamorphosis held in Penang in 1997 and Metamorphosis II in Kuala Lumpur in 1999. He has also participated in a number of group exhibitions locally and abroad namely in Sydney, Australia (1972); Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (1998); Japan (1999) and many more. He was Chairman of Penang Teachers’ Art Circle (1993 – 1997), Secretary of Penang State Art Gallery (1995 – 1999) and an advisor of Penang Teachers’ Art Circle (1998 – 2000). He is currently Director of Galeri Seni Mutiara in Penang.