Lot 006

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

Blooming, undated; Blooming, undated;
Village, 1981

signed (lower right);
signed (lower left);
signed and dated (lower left)
watercolour on paper
31 x 27cm; 38 x 55cm; 39 x 54cm

Private collection, Selangor

ESTIMATE RM 2,000 – 3,600
This set of three watercolours by Tew Nai Tong with pale washes features delicate sets of flowers and a beautiful green landscape.

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 Malaysia, called Odyssey. In 2009, he won the Asia Art Award in Seoul, South Korea.