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Lot 009

b. Selangor, 1936


Signed ‘NAITONG’ lower left
Oil on canvas
122cm x 91cm

Collection of Raj Kumar RGP, Kuala Lumpur.

A New Expression, Balai Berita New Straits Times Press,
Kuala Lumpur, 2004.

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 18,000

Before the Digital Age, kite-flying was a favourite and inexpensive pastime among children where kites were embellished with designs and tagged with ‘peacock’ tails so that they could be seen dancing in the wind. Those controlling the strings have their back turned to the viewer, the female as shown facing the viewer is uninterested and unperturbed suggesting perhaps that this activity is more popular among the young. The kites are concentrated in a yellow air-stream ‘whipped’ into motion by a circular air mass on the left. The foreground is more static, indicating the base where the kites are sprung into the air and into life.

Like all students who had studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore, Tew Nai Tong headed for Paris upon graduating in 1958 to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts from 1967 to 1968. His first solo was at the British Council, Kuala Lumpur in 1964 and he had his retrospective at National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 2007. His awards include 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, 2009. He is adviser to several art organisations, including the Contemporary Malaysian Watercolourist Association.

Odyssey, Tew Nai Tong Retrospective, Kuala Lumpur, 2007.