Lot 013

Tew Nai Tong
b. Selangor, 1936 – d. Kuala Lumpur, 2013

Beautiful Cave, 1961

signed and dated
‘NAITONG 61’ (lower right)
oil on board
75 x 60cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE RM 4,000 – 7,000

This oil on board painting is one of the rare works of Nai Tong. The lush green and dark hues illustrates the depth of the alluring cave. The brilliant composition allows the viewer to feel its calm atmosphere and generates the urge of exploring further inside of the cave. The light which perfectly appears in the center enhances the beauty of the cave.

Tew Nai Tong furthered his art studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1967-1968). 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 turning fulltime 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. Among his awards are 2nd Prize in the Chartered Bank Mural Design Competition 1964; Shell Watercolour Award 1981; Best Award, Esso 1982; and the Dunlop Watercolour Award 1983. He was the adviser to the Contemporary Malaysian Watercolourist Association.