New life for old masters?


Old can often mean Gold. In any case, there is glitter in the paintings of Malaysian old masters despite the global trend of money being poured into contemporary art.

At the first Henry Butcher (HB) Art Auction Malaysia, the profile of pioneer artists was given a big fillip with spirited bidding for their works. The Malaysian art-only auction held in Petaling Jaya on August 8, 2010, exceeded all expectations with total receipts of RM1.737mil.

For the pioneer artists, most of whom had their base, or at least their early beginnings, in Penang, it set bench-mark prices for their works of specific series and media.

Featured in the auction were works by pioneers Datuk Chuah Thean Teng (1912–2008, better known as “Teng”), Datuk Hoessein Enas (1924–1995), Yong Mun Sen (1896–1962), Lee Cheng Yong (1913–1974), Khaw Sia (1913–1984) and Kuo Ju Ping (1908–1966).

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