TEW NAI TONG
b. Selangor, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2013
DANCING ALL DAY LONG, 2002
Signed 'NAITONG' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
70cm x 56cm
Private Collection, Selangor.
ESTIMATE RM 9,000 - 12,000
PRICE REALISED RM 9,856
Dancing All Day Long is a classic example of Tew Nai Tong’s mastery in assimilating Western art sentiment and Oriental centricity, significantly attributable to his formal art education. Upon returning from his academic venture in Paris, he was known to voyage across distant lands in search of inspiration. Through his broadened perception of simple living, one is able to observe an enriched visualisation of the villages he visited, expressed in a profound manner. His portraits reveal a veracious affection and admiration for women, nature and life in the countryside. Captured here is traditional Balinese dance in its splendour.
Tew Nai Tong received his early art education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore (NAFA), graduating in 1958. He worked for a while to raise funds for his studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (1967 - 1968). In the early years, he signed his work as ‘Chang Nai Tong.’ His first solo was at the British Council, Kuala Lumpur in 1964 and he had his Retrospective at the National Art Gallery in 2007. He taught at the Malaysian Institute of Art from 1969 to 1980, the Central Academy of Art from 1982 to 1985, and the Saito Academy of Art (head of department, 1986 - 1988). He concentrated fulltime in art in 1992. His awards included Second Prize, Chartered Bank Mural Design Competition (1964); Shell Watercolour Award (1981); Best Award, Esso (1982); Dunlop Watercolour Award (1983); and Grand Prize Asia Art Award (Malaysia) in Seoul in 2009. He was the co-founder of the Malaysian Watercolour Society (1982 - 1983) and the Contemporary Malaysian Watercolourist Association (1994) and the now defunct Le Beaux Art Gallery.
Odyssey, Tew Nai Tong Retrospective , National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2007.