Lot 110

b. Singapore, 1941


Signed ‘Jolly Koh 01’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
51cm x 132cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 25,000

Jolly Koh has applied layers of colours that build up a warm landscape starting with a wash of light ochre on the entire surface which is predominantly visible on the lower to middle part of the canvas - six short brush strokes in black with yellow streaks are marked sporadically and vertically beginning from mid point downwards, with varying line weight emulating Chinese calligraphy strokes - red, brown, blue and yellow tones are applied onto the upper part of the canvas working its way downwards meeting just before the mid point. The layering of hues in different intensity creates a blissful and temperate abstract landscape.

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.