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马来传统舞蹈 (1987) 林家成

马来传统舞蹈 (1987) 林家成


b. Perak, 1944





Signed and dated ‘Ka Seng 87’ (lower right)

Watercolour on paper, framed

36 cm x 33 cm

  • Encapsulated in fiery red, contrasted with splashes of cool tones, Lim Ka Seng depicted a dream-like scene of the traditional Johor art performance – Kuda Kepang (horse warrior dance). In this semi-abstract painting, the lines and boundaries between the performers and the surroundings are blurred into vague forms and silhouettes, all merging into a vibrant yet soothing atmosphere - a romantic impression of the tribal life in Malaysia that never ceases to draw the breath away from the audience.


    In 1961, Lim Ka Seng learnt Western and Chinese art through the Taiwan-educated artist Tan Guan Hin, who was also a student of Khaw Sia. After graduating from the Press Art School England in 1963, Lim worked on several jobs to make ends meet until his retirement in 2000 and began to commit himself to artistic creation ever since. Before retirement, he was already extensively active in the art scene. He joined the Young Artists Exhibition at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1963); the annual exhibitions of the Malaysian Watercolour Society (1983 – 1987) including its exhibition abroad in Melbourne (1984); and the Asian Watercolour Confederation held across Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Taipei and Seoul (1987 – 1992). Lim also co-founded the Contemporary Malaysian Watercolourists Association and took the role as President in 1998 – 2001. In 1998, he was the winner of the Education Minister Award from the Japan Modern Arts Association in Osaka, Japan. Lim has held solo shows at the City Art Gallery (2002, 2003, 2005 & 2007) and Professor Galleria, Selangor (2010). Major group shows include the Guangzhou Art Fair (2008), Hangzhou Art Fair (2009), and Art Expo Malaysia (2011).

颜色: 红色


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