Lot 074

b. Singapore, 1941


Signed and dated 'Jolly Koh 98' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
56cm x 71.5cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 25,000

Established abstract painter Jolly Koh is represented here with a vibrant expressionist piece characterised by calligraphic gestures and powerful linear forces. Effervescently illustrated in orange, yellow and red with a tinge of green and blue hues, this vibrant landscape emanates an energetic tone distinctive of the artist’s hallmark style.

Artist-educator Jolly Koh is one of the finest colourists in Malaysian art. He was given his first solo exhibition at the British Council, Kuala Lumpur, at the age of 17, in 1958. An eighth generation Peranakan Baba, Jolly Koh grew up in Malacca. He excelled in art studies, obtaining his National Diploma in Design at the Hornsey College of Art, London (1959 - 1962) and the Art Teacher’s Certificate at the London University (1962 – 1963). He then obtained his MSc (Fulbright scholarship, 1970 - 1972) and Ed.D (1972 - 1975) at the Indiana University in the United States, while being a teaching associate there from 1973 to 1975. He also taught Art in Melbourne and Adelaide from 1976 to 1988. He was a senior lecturer at the MSC College (now SeGi) from 2000 until 2004. His solo show in 2013 entitled Towards the Nebula represents a darker phase in his palette.

Artistic Imperatives (Selected Writings and Paintings) by Dr Jolly Koh, Maya Press, 2004. Jolly Koh, Maya Press, 2008.