C.T Lui

Cheng Tak Lui is born in 1967. He received his Diploma in Art and Design from Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1989. Lui has been a full-time painter since 1992. In his exhibition entitled "As I was passing", Lui demonstrates not only his ability to paint but also portrays a meticulous and detailed personality. Lui's paintings of old buildings, street scenes, and windows bring out the warmth and nostalgia of these scenes and in addition present accurate pictorial documentation. Lui says: "I always paint what I feel especially about things around me. I feel the old and historical buildings around Kuala Lumpur should be preserved before skyscrapers because of our rapid development and progress replace them. I paint the back lanes, the old buildings of Kuala Lumpur in Chinatown, Jalan Petaling, Jalan Hang Lekir, Jalan Hang Jebat, Jalan Sultan, KL Street corners, Shophouses, and windows with clothes hanging out to dry. These scenes make me think of the past and they bring back old memories". Kuala Lumpur city started with three roads, Jalan Petaling, Jalan Hang Lekir, and Jalan Sultan. Now, the famous Chinatown is the busiest area in Kuala Lumpur.

The town at one time was a center for business and government administration. Lui's artworks can be good pictorial data when the buildings make way for commercial buildings, corporate offices, and shopping complexes. The paintings look alive and real with their fresh colors. His paintings have a classic look and are much influenced by the impressionist. His style and the subject matter put Lui as one of the followers of the '60s and '70s Nanyang art movement. Lui has exhibited in many art exhibitions locally since 1989. Individuals and corporate collectors have collected many of his artworks locally and abroad.

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