An abstract painting by German artist-filmmaker Strawalde capturing sights, smells and sounds of Penang is on auction via online and paper bids. The entire proceeds will go to the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT).
The work titled “Penang I” was done during the 81-year-old artist’s one-month stay at Rebecca Owens’ China Tiger apartments at China Street in Penang this year. It was his very first visit.
The oil-on-canvas painting is on display at the Gehrig Art Gallery from April 29 to June 20. The reserve price is RM150,000 and bidding ends on June 20. The successful bidder will be announced on June 21.
The painting – a vibrant amalgam of figures, facades and fumes – is donated by the Singapore-based museum and art gallery Art Trove, to help fund PHT’s activities. Measuring 175cm x 145cm, it is signed “Strawalde” at the bottom centre.
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