Lot 038

b. Kedah, 1942


Signed and dated 'Looi Long Lee 1985' (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
55cm x 75cm

Private Collection, Penang.

ESTIMATE  RM 9,000 - 12,000

The woman in the centre seems wrapped in her own thoughts, oblivious to the sepia-toned figures loitering around her on both sides. A discreet gap is created around her indicating detachment and to emphasise her solitariness. She is all rouged up with well-coiffeur hair and clad in a ravishing red and orange floral dress – perhaps ready for a night out. Lee Long Looi refrains from using the shades of light and forms on his crowded figures opting for a more transparent and shiny veneer maybe so as to accord the central figure space all to herself.
Lee Long Looi returned to the Malaysian art scene after being away in the United States for some time when The Art Gallery (TAG) Penang accorded him a Retrospective exhibition in 1997. This was followed by another Retrospective at Art Salon@SENI Kuala Lumpur in 2010, also organised by TAG. In 1964, he graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts where his two main tutors were Georgette Chen Li-Ying and Lai Foong Moi. Six years later, in 1970, he resumed his art studies at the Art Students League in New York, and followed it up with a stint at the Pratt Institute in 1973. He held his first US solo at the Jarvis Art Gallery in New York in 1970. Among his awards were 1st Prize (watercolour) in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition in 1981 and 1986; Best Mixed Media in competitions in Fort Lauderdale (1987), Discovery 3-Artists (1987), Chicago Tribune (1992) and South Miami Hospital (1994). He maintains studios in Florida and New York in the United States, and in Penang.