Lot 010

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

Fishing Village, undated;
Village, 1982

signed ‘NAITONG’ (lower left);
signed and dated ‘NAITONG 82’ (lower left)
watercolour on paper
27 x 42cm; 48 x 55cm (set of 2)

Private collection, Selangor

ESTIMATE RM 2,500 – 4,500
In these pure landscapes featuring wooden traditional houses, Tew Nai Tong cleverly depicts mountains, land, sky and river. Here, he juxtaposes elements of the sea and land with impeccable detail and observation. A dreamy light illuminates the scene, evoking a nostalgic village life.

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.