Finest Southeast Asian art pieces will auctioned off come 29th April 2018.
Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers Malaysian and Southeast Asian works of art auction will be held on 29th April, presenting 181 lots of outstanding works, including figurative scenes, still life, sculpture, abstract and conceptual works by acclaimed artists. Much sought after debut artworks by maestros including Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, Khalil Ibrahim, Yusof Ghani, Awang Damit Ahmad, Dzulkifli Buyong, Ahmad Khalid Yusof, Zulkifli Dahalan, Zulkifli Yusoff, Khoo Sui Hoe are offered among many others.
Leading the April sale is Awang Damit Ahmad’s Iraga ‘Perjalanan Utara’ 2008. Painted with boundless energy on a monumental sized canvas, this work is based on the theme of the North-East Winds, a wind that blows from China to Sabah. This extraordinary work evokes the changing of seasons, which affects the livelihoods of farmers and fishermen.
Yusof Ghani’s Siri Tari Kabuki, one of the most interesting works of the artist’s acclaimed Siri Tari series, was painted at the tailend of the reprise on 1991-1993. Inspired by abstract expressionist aesthetics, dynamic shapes are intensely released from the human form, crystalizing movements manifested in dance.
Khalil Ibrahim’s Portrait of a Nude is representative of the artist’s early figurative works. Dated 1965, a pivotal year which the artist had just completed his postgraduate studies at the St Martin’s School of Art and Design in London, this painting is one of the best examples during this period.
Dato’ Mohd Hoessein Enas’s self-portrait will be offered for the first time in auction. In this self-portrait, painted in 1970 when the artist was forty six years of age, we see a man of intensity and steely determination, and in intense contemplation. The features are modelled carefully with fine brushstrokes, and a sense of mystery is evoked with shadows surrounding the face and neck.
Another special highlight of the sale features strong contemporary sculptures by Raja Shahriman, Suhaidi Razi, and Chng Huck Theng. Semangat Besi 33 is structured upon the concept of Silat, The Malay martial art and captures their movement, steely determination, and resilient spirit. Suhaidi Razi’s Guard, an imposing sculpture, is studded with armour of polished and reforged metal scraps, some kind of medieval knight, albeit with a more futuristic surrealistic touch.
The batik segment will include a refined work by Ismail Mat Hussin dated 2009. Hailing from a private collection in USA, a work by Malaysia’s father of batik art Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng will be offered. M Sukri Derahman’s Market Scene, 2016 will be making its debut in the sale.
The abstract category is well represented with works by Suzlee Ibrahim, Azman Hilmi, Ng Foo Cheong, Raphael Scott Ahbeng, Nizar Kamal Ariffin, Sabri Salleh and Anthony Sum. Filled with vibrant energy pulses, Suzlee Ibrahim’s Black Line Series No.5 is inspired by the changing seasons. The role of natural landscapes remain an important influence on Suzlee’s development of abstract series, turning impressions of nature into poetic movements of gestures, lines and colour.
Contemporary art is well represented, with many cutting edge works reflecting on the social and political turmoil of our times, including thought provoking works by artists such as Samsudin Wahab, Rajinder Singh, Chan Kok Hooi, Chang Yoong Chia, Wong Perng Fey, Kow Leong Kiang, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, Ali Nurazmal Yusoff, Chong Siew Ying, Noor Mahnun Mohamed and Yusof Majid.Also presented is a special selection of paintings from Indonesia, including a unique work by Heri Dono, titled Batavia Express. Other highlights include works by Bob Yudhita Agong, Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono, R Sumatri, and Josephine Linggar. The sale also introduces works from leading artists in Singapore such as renowned artist Jimmy Ong, Sun Yee and important watercolourist Ong Kim Seng. Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers will feature a diverse array of Southeast Asian works comprising both established and contemporary artists, showcasing works by Ngo Van Sac, Angki Purbandono, Erik Pauhrizi, Noel Pama, Faizin, Reynold Dela Cruz, Otto Djaya and Wayan Suja.
In addition to established artists, the auction will also introduce excellent works by a group of promising emerging talents, exciting works by Shafiq Noordin, Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj, Sabihis Md Pandi, Ismail Alwi, Haslin Ismail, Justin Lim, Tey Beng Tze, Gan Tee Sheng, Syed Fakaruddin, Fadilah Karim, Anisa Abdullah, Aely Manaf, Nik Mohd Shazmie, Siund Tan, Khairul Arshad are available in the sale. Haslin Ismail’s Vomit is the largest work from the artist ever to appear at auction.
The auction takes place on 29th April 2018 at 1pm in Galeri Prima. For more information, please head to www.hbart.com.my.
*Featured image: Ahmad Zakii Anwar Cycle of Thoughts 1997 42cm x 42cm each, set of 6 oil on canvas