Works of late artists in demand

15 June 2013 - 12:00am

Artworks of the late Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, Datuk Chuah Thean Teng and Tan Choon Ghee seem to be most popular with art collectors at the VIP preview of The Edge Auction in Singapore last night.

Held at the Helutrans art space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark,  some of Singapore’s leading art collectors and other members of the arts fraternity as well as corporate guests turned up for the special preview.

Among the  guests were Mrs Agnes Ma, Harris Kor and wife Tin Leng, Mr and Mrs P.H. Lim and artist Henri Chen Ke Zhan. From the corporate world, the guests included LionGold Corp Ltd Group CEO Nicholas Ng, WeR1 Consultants Pte Ltd managing director Lai Kwok Kin, Tresol Chemical Sdn Bhd managing director Albert Lim and SAFRA deputy CEO Donald Tan.

The Edge Auction and The Edge Galerie are part of The Edge Media Group. Present at the event to welcome guests were group chairman Datuk Tong Kooi Ong and group CEO Ho Kay Tat, The Edge Malaysia managing director Au Foong Yee and corporate communications head as well as The Edge Galerie managing director Anne Tong.  Also present was The Edge Singapore managing director Edward Stanislaus.

Ho explained that after the Singapore preview, the 33 works will be displayed at The Edge Galerie in Kuala Lumpur, for another public preview from June 21-27.

“It took us a painstaking four months to source the 33 pieces that will be on display but it has been worth it. We are committed as a media group to promote the fine arts both in Singapore and Malaysia.

“We now have a permanent gallery in Kuala Lumpur called The Edge Galerie and we have expanded our coverage of the fine arts both in The Edge Singapore and The Edge Malaysia, and it is our plan to make an exhibition in Singapore an annual affair.”

To be shown in Malaysia as an auction collection for the first time, the artworks feature major paintings by some of Malaysia’s leading artists including Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Chang Fee Ming, Ahmad Zakii Anwar and Jolly Koh.

The paintings date as far back as a 1953 piece called Javanese Girl by Datuk Mohd Hoessein Enas and as recent as a 2013 painting by Ahmad Zakii Anwar called Oleg.

All the works including a Chinese ink painting by Chen Wen Hsi and a sculpture by Eng Tay will be up for bidding at the auction to be held in Kuala Lumpur on June 29.

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