Tay Bak Koi (1939-2003) Spring Pasture

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Tay Bak Koi
(1939-2003)
Spring Pasture

Sold for HK$ 152,500 (US$ 19,587) inc. premium
Tay Bak Koi (1939-2003)
Spring Pasture
1996

signed and dated 96
oil on canvas

98 by 70 cm.
38 5/8 by 27 4/8 in.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Eagle's Eye Art Gallery, Singapore
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
    Private Collection, Singapore

    鄭木奎
    春天里的草原
    一九九六年作

    簽名:Bak Koi 96
    油彩畫布

    來源
    新加坡Eagle's Eye畫廊
    現藏家得自上述畫廊
    新加坡私人收藏

    Spring Pasture by Tay Bak Koi is an archetypical example of his oeuvre, the water buffalo being one of his favourite subjects—a lingering memory from his childhood during a time when buffaloes still roamed his village in Potong Pasir (Singapore). Tay's buffaloes are stylistically distinct, simplified into fluid geometrical shapes. They captivate the eye, invoking both modern abstraction and ancient cave paintings simultaneously, demonstrating the artist's extraordinary versatility. The figures in the painting play secondary roles, almost diminutive compared to the large herd of buffalo. The colours are earthy and deep, set against a sea of dark olive with patches of white, possibly pools of water reflecting the sky. Tay's works are unmistakable for their whimsical and romantic approach to familiar local themes, as he plays on the knife-edge between figuration and abstraction.
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