The world of art is a fickle one. Its ebb and flow rely on patronage of the well-to-do. Only when one has the means can he indulge in the arts, which can encompass so many areas from food, fashion, paintings and sculptures, right up to the performing arts and music.
Hence, the early journey of the artist, artiste and artisan is fraught with uncertainties. Many have followed this path, but not many have made a success of it. And so Eng Tay joins the likes of the fashion designers Zang Toi, YeohLee Teng and super model Ling Tan who have carved a name for themselves in the Big Apple.
The Alor Star-born artist and sculptor Eng Tay attributes his success to two things focus and hard work.
“New York has the best and worst (of everything). Back then in the late 1960s and early 1970s, one did not need to have a lot of money in order to survive. I went to New York with only US$300 in my pocket and a one-way ticket from my father. I was the first in the family to go overseas my brothers Eng Guan and Eng Seong joined me later.
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