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Ib’s Missing Link

28 June 2013

The 1986 catalogue of Datuk Ibrahim Hussein’s retrospective exhibition (Ibrahim Hussein: A Retrospective held at the then National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur)  claims that the late artist began drawing his distinctive lines in 1975 when his wife Datin Sim Hussein gave him some graphic pens.

Beauty on Canvas

27 June 2013

“Beauty” informs the idea behind Chong Siew Ying’s painting Paper Rose2007.

Part of the series entitled On Beauty that was completed between 2006 and 2011, the painting portrays a lady’s face surrounded by bright red roses and the faint outline of trees. The title itself reflects the illusory nature of beauty – a depiction of how a paper rose is, after all, mere paper in the end and not real.

Art collectors awaiting The Edge Auction debut

27 June 2013

Top art collectors at the Kuala Lumpur preview of The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale on June 29 have earmarked what have caught their fancy.

Besides the VIP guests and collectors at the June 20 preview held at the newly-opened art space known as The Edge Galerie in Mont’Kiara Meridin, there has been a steady stream of visitors including many new collectors.

The preview which ends on June 27 is open from 11am till 7pm.

Among the favourites are Chang Fee Ming’s Trail of Zheng He – Semarang, which caught the eye of some of Kuala Lumpur’s leading art collectors.

Artworks worth RM2mil

25 June 2013

Valued at RM2mil, the 32 paintings and a sculpture to be sold at The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale of Modern & Contemporary Malaysian Art on June 29 offer seasoned collectors and serious art investors the chance to acquire artworks of excellent provenance.

Available for public viewing from now till June 27 at the newly-opened, The Edge Galerie in Kuala Lumpur, the artworks include a scroll painting from the 1970s by the celebrated Chinese ink master Chen Wen Hsi. The painting has a price estimate of between RM35,000 and RM50,000.

International influence in Malaysian art

25 June 2013

Senior artists such as Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Jolly Koh and Yusof Ghani as well as the late Redza Piyadasa and Datuk Chuah Thean Teng, had all been trained in different countries and brought international influences to Malaysia. Manifested in diverse ways, their foreign experiences are reflected in their art.

The Importance of Ib

25 June 2013

Drawn by the political commotion of May 13 in 1969, he returned home in September that year after a successful international career and created a namesake painting. May 13 caused enough controversy to attract the attention of the then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. After their discussion, the Malaysian flag that “Ib”  – as the artist was popularly known – had blackened and used as a canvas, was eventually allowed to go on public exhibition.

Hidden Meanings

18 June 2013

Artists Kok Yew Puah (1947 – 1999) and Samsudin Wahab, 29, commonly feature an element of theatricality in their works. Puah and Buden (as Samsudin is popularly known) combine external aesthetics with painting to communicate hidden meanings.