With two weeks to go before The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale of Modern and Contemporary Malaysian Art on June 29, art enthusiasts will have the chance to view all 33 works in Kuala Lumpur.
Scheduled for June 21-27 and from 11am-7pm, the public preview will be held at the newly completed gallery space known as The Edge Galerie in Mont’ Kiara. A similar preview was held in Singapore last weekend attended by prominent collectors and representatives of art institutions.
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.
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 [email protected] 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.
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.
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.
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.