Lot 001

b. Selangor, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2013

MARKET; BEACH, undated

Signed ‘NAITONG’ (lower left)
Watercolour on paper
15cm x 15cm; 22cm x 29cm (set of 2)

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE RM 1,200 - 2,200
This set of two watercolours by Tew Nai Tong with pale washes feature two different rural subjects, one a market scene where ladies are buying their groceries, and another a beach scene.

Nai Tong returned to Malaysia, and had his first solo at the British Council in Kuala Lumpur in 1964, the year he won 2nd Prize in the Chartered Bank mural design competition. He furthered his studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (1967-68). The 1980s saw him winning several awards including the Shell Best Award (watercolour, 1981), Esso Best Award (1982) and Dunlop Best Award (watercolour, 1983). He taught at various art academies namely the Malaysian Institute of Art (1969-1980), Central Academy of Art (1982-1985) and the Saito Academy of Art (1986-1988) before he decided to go fulltime in 1992. In 2007, he had a major survey exhibition at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, called Odyssey. In 2009, he won the Asia Art Award in Seoul, South Korea.