Shiueh Lih Paintings

Little Rapunzel plays with Legos as she cradles her monkey and protects him from a crocodile that lurks in the background of the oil painting titled, “Following Nature” by artist Shiueh Lih.

Little Rapunzel plays with Legos as she cradles her monkey and protects him from a crocodile that lurks in the background of the oil painting titled, “Following Nature” by artist Shiueh Lih.

The Michael Aaron Gallagher Collection includes works by artists from more than 20 countries around the globe, including eight oil paintings on linen paper by Malaysian painter Shiueh Lih, whose whimsical series of figurative portraits of a young girl recently caught Michael’s eye.

“Promised Land” by Malaysian artist Shiueh Lih.

In the oil painting titled “Promised Land” by artist Shiueh Lih, a young girl holds a red cage in one hand and a rabbit in the other, while gazelles leap around her in a field of flowers and a pair of birds kiss in mid-air.

Self-taught, Shiueh Lih began painting with gouache paints around 2013, but eventually made the transition to oil paints, which she says “brought me forward against my own boundaries with many unspoken childhood stories.”

The vibrant colors and juxtaposition of imagery adds to the mysterious meaning behind the paintings. It is as if each piece is an illustration from a children’s book that has yet to be written.

Beginner’s Luck oil painting on linen paper by Malaysian artist Shiueh Lih

With a falcon perched on her arm and her dog at her side, she sails through a school of fish, armed with her slingshot and the pearls resting at her feet in the oil painting titled, “Beginner’s Luck” by artist Shiueh Lih.

“My inspirations are from all walks of life, songs, other artists and many imaginary stories,” she said. “I hope people can see I try to capture the beauty even in the most mundane things. Above all, I hope my art could generate insight, curiosity both old and new to all viewers.”

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Forward oil painting by Malaysian artist Shiueh Lih

With a star to guide her, she floats alongside the ducks in her canoe, while a bee quietly buzzes overhead in the oil painting titled, “Forward” by artist Shiueh Lih.

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