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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.

Focusing on quality and provenance

18 June 2013

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.

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.

Engaging Moments

18 June 2013

Not solely in pursuit of art for art’s sake, artists Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Ahmad Shukri Mohammad, Eston Tan, Peter Liew and Eng Tay, find meaning and purpose in drawing from and engaging with life.

Works of late artists in demand

15 June 2013

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.

[email protected]

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 [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.

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.

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.