Lot 002

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

NUDE, undated

Signed ‘NAITONG’ (lower right); signed (lower left)
Watercolour on paper
29cm x 21cm; 31cm x 21cm (set of 2)

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE RM 1,500 - 2,800
Here rendered in watercolours, is a pair of nudes in two seated poses. The work demonstrates the artist’s ability to suggest volume, weight, and with deft brush strokes.

Nai Tong is known for his Nanyang Style figures with doleful eyes and elongated limbs. He followed the typical route of students trained at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA) in Singapore (1957-1958), and furthering his studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (1967-68). On his return, he taught at several 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 became a fulltime artist in 1992. His first exhibition was at the British Council in Kuala Lumpur in 1964. His career culminated in a survey exhibition called Odyssey at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, in 2007. In 2009, he won the Asia Art Award in Seoul, South Korea.