News & Features


12 June 2013

If anyone thought that art consultant Valentine Willie was a spent force after closing his art gallery business in Malaysia and elsewhere, ought to see him in action at the ART@Whiteaways exhibition launch on June 8 in George Town, Penang.

Despite the top names in the contemporary art world exhibiting at the VW Special Projects show – held in conjunction with the George Town Festival 2013 – it was quite clear who was calling the shots there.

Poetry in Motion

10 June 2013

Sharing an interest in communicating poetic beauty, contemporary artists Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Chong Siew Ying and Kow Leong Kiang seem to evoke a certain lyrical mood in their paintings. However, their contemporaries like Jalaini Abu Hassan and Eric Chan seem to utilise the element of fleeting beauty to project a subtle message.

Legacy of Chen Wen Hsi

10 June 2013

Born in Guangdong, China, Chen (1906-1991) moved to Singapore, then part of Malaya, in 1948. He grew up fascinated with the Chinese ink paintings and calligraphy works that hung in his family home. Later, he pursued an art course at the Shanghai College of Fine Art, transferring to the Xinhua College of Fine Art only a year after.

Highlight: Singapore Preview

10 June 2013

Art enthusiasts in Singapore will be the first to preview some of the best artworks from Malaysia selected for the inaugural sale of The Edge Auction on June 29 in Kuala Lumpur.

Beyond Watercolours

3 June 2013

Known for utilising Southeast Asian ethnic themes in their paintings, Chang Fee Ming, 54, and Yeong Seak Ling, 65, are two of the most accomplished Malaysian artists today.

Skilled at rendering realistic paintings rich with symbolism, the artists bear more than a striking similarity in the best tradition of watercolour painting. Although each cast a strong light on subjects with a historical and social context, however, Terengganu-born Chang pushes beyond the boundaries of conventional compositions.

Penang Power

3 June 2013

Many art reference sources claim that painterly efforts in Penang began in the 1930s, when artists such as Abdullah Ariff, Yong Mun Sen, Kuo Ju Ping and Khaw Sia painted local scenes such as the landscape in watercolour.

Masters of Portraiture

3 June 2013

Dato’ Hoessein Enas and Lee Cheng Yong have much in common as artists as they were both greatly influenced by Western art and both practised in Penang. Both excelled in oil painting especially in portraiture, leaving an invaluable legacy of art that document the vibrancy of a bygone period.

Born in Bogor, Indonesia, in 1924 and died in Kuala Lumpur in 1995, Hoessein arrived in Singapore in 1947. He hid in a barge to escape the armed conflicts arising between Indonesian and Dutch forces for the rights to independence.

Face off

15 May 2013

The current show at Segaris reveals some “shady” characters that defy typecasting.

Spearheaded by artist Jalaini Abu Hassan, the MukaKata: Beyond Portraiture exhibition allows each of the 10 participating artists to showcase their prowess but unwittingly also exposes their weaknesses.

Held at the Segaris Art Centre – located in an obscure section of the Publika Shopping Gallery in Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur – the collective works attempt to reflect a dialogue around the nature of portraiture.

The Remarkable PG

14 May 2013

The recent death of Tan Sri P.G. Lim marks the passing of an extraordinary lady who was guided in life by her sense of justice and her love for the arts.

Tan Sri Lim Phaik Gan passed away at the age of 97 in Perth on the morning of  May 7 at the home of her daughter, Caryn Lim  and son-in-law Jamaluddin.  In her final hours, her son, Wilfred Wee Han Kim, daughter-in-law Jean and grandson Wee Cheng An were also at her bedside.

Gaining Prominence

14 May 2013

Christie’s has a winning formula in auctioning Southeast Asian art in Hong Kong,

reports Johnni Wong.


More than 200 works by Southeast Asian artists will be included in Christie’s Hong Kong auctions of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art on May 25 & 26 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai.