B. Kedah, 1947
Signed and dated on lower left
Oil on canvas
50 x 60 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
SOLD RM 19,000
“Emotions, relationships, colour, light, wind or sounds that I experienced last night, or many years before, are the raw materials with which I try to create ‘new’ moments – the images my etchings represent – rooted in memory.”
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 through out South America and Indonesia.
These trips formed a basis for the types of scenes and moments that became his subject matter. As portrayed in the Musicians, 1993, the art illustrates images of people playing music, bringing to life family moments and interactions on canvas with universal quality in a narrative style that is lyrical and nostalgic.