B. Kedah, 1947
Mother Singing to a Baby, 1991
Signed “Eng Tay 91” on lower left
Oil on board
28 x 30 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Singapore
RM2,500 – RM6,000
Eng Tay was born in 1947 in Kedah, West Malaysia. In 1968, he moved to New York City and studied at the Arts Student League, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Graphics Center. Here he studied graphic design, painting and printmaking. He worked in the graphic arts field until 1978, when he undertook several painting trips throughout South America and Indonesia.
These trips formed a basis for the types of scenes and moments that became his subject matter – images of people playing music, family moments and interactions, market scenes and daily rituals. He began to exhibit steadily and continued to gain international recognitionas his work was shown in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, his native Malaysia and his adopted home of New York, as well as extensively across the United States.
Eng Tay brings a universal quality, combined with personal myth into his works, and has evolved a narrative style that is lyrical, nostalgic, mysterious and exotic. He has found a way to reveal the harmony of life through the images of his memory. Since his goal is to create simple poetry, his are not ornate or pretentious but a poetic language that is freely accessible and readily learned, leaving a lasting impression of people in action and poetry in motion.