Tay Mo-Leong started his 50 years career as a watercolour artist and gradually evolved into a batik artist in the early 1960s. His maturity in style and skill in his watercolour paintings was well known in the art scene but his passion towards batik painting had superseded him and made him a batik artist. One of his early batik masterpieces was Rubber Trees (1961) which used crackling effects to beautifully create the branches of rubber trees. Later on, an Europe tour had Tay blending tapestry into his batik paintings while his Bali trip in the early 1970s was turned into a series of batik paintings which featured Bali’s beautiful and mystical Legong dancers.
The Penang State Museum & State Art Gallery honors Tay Mo-Leong by holding an exhibition of his paintings and published a 300-page hardcover book entitled “Tay Mo-Leong Retrospective”. In the book, the Editor cum Guest Curator, Dr. Tan Chong Guan had quoted him as one of the recognizable figures in Malaysian art today. Through the book, artists and art lovers will learn about Tay’s life and his accomplishments. The book also features 65 watercolour paintings and 65 batik paintings which are well arranged to walk us through Tay’s career as an artist. Apart from that, the book also features a brief history of Batik around the world; revealing Batik trade secrets and formula.
-excerpt from mybatik.org
Table of Contents
Message from Chief Minister of Penang
Message from Chairman, Penang Museum Board
Message from Chairman, Penang State Art Gallery
Preface by Guest Curator, Dr. Tan Chong Guan
In Appreciation of Tay Mo-Leong by John Lee Joo For
Tay Mo-Leong-His Life and Art by Dr. Tan Chong Guan
Tay Mo-Leong & Batik- A Passion by Lee Khai
Index of Paintings
List of Paintings
Penang State Art Gallery Committee