Thursday, September 2, 2021

Lee Weng Fatt's Art Hones in on Buildings

Lee Weng Fatt (right) is another Malaysian whose artistic genius captivates me enough to want to write about him and his art. 

A graduate of the Kuala Lumpur College of Art, Lee began serious painting in 1990. The fifty-four-year-old started out as a watercolorist before moving to oils, mastered the medium and now he's loving it. 

His art depicts kampung houses, stately Peranakan residences and pre-war shophouses in fastidious detail. And in not a few of them, you'll even find his trademark bevy of doves surreptitiously being featured. 

This talent transforms architectural structures that we sometimes don't give a second look into endearing edifices that emanate an ethereal quality that lingers.

I can actually visualize him drawing lines and coloring shapes and as the refined forms emerge, they cast a colorful visage that is a disciplined mishmash of hues and textures that give his work character. The ubiety of venerable buildings and their surroundings seem to come to life on the canvas.

By the way, Lee is Tan Gaik Hoon’s better half. And if you follow my blog, you’ll know I’ve already featured her Peranakan-themed art thrice – two posts in July and one in August.

For enquiries, please check out his Facebook page "Lee Weng Fatt'sI Paintings".

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