LONG THIEN SHIH
B. Selangor, 1946
Signed and dated “Thien Shih 2010” on lower left
Pastel on paper
55 x 75 cm
Private Collection, Selangor
Captured here in this visually appealing and lovely painting is a picturesque view of the artist’s muse – a protagonist and subject named ‘Michelle’. It isn’t just a normal subject with the name ‘Michelle’, however. This piece is an ode to to the famous actress Michelle Yeoh, who became internationally well-known after appearing in famous Asian kung fu movies and catapulting into the Hollywood scene. Set against a plain background, the subject is caught in the midst of a sharp hand wave, which perhaps can be likened to that of a kung fu move which is commonly seen in Michelle’s movies.
Long Thien Shih studied art in Atelier 17 and Atelier de Lithographic, Ecole Nationale Superlure des Beaux-Arts, both in Paris. Thereafter, he studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He has won awards such as the First Prize in the 1961 Young Malayan Artists Competition in Kuala Lumpur and the 1992 Prints Prize in Salon Malaysia and has produced many artworks, using various mediums.