Lot 088

Anthonie Chong
b. Perak, 1971

Monumental — Agony, c. 1990s

oil on canvas
122 x 91cm

Private collection, Selangor

ESTIMATE RM 14,000 – 24,000
Anthonie Chong’s early figurative works translate complex and powerful emotions. Painted in the artist’s iconic style of this period, the artwork illustrates a sombre figure looking down as if giving up is the only option, immersed in his own sadness the figure is left static in his seat, in agony emotionally.

Anthonie Chong graduated in Graphic Design from the Perak Institute of Art in 1991. He won the Philip Morris Asean Art Award, Malaysia in 1998. In 2000, he switched to caricature-like iconography fusing eastern surrealism with digital technology, namely his e-monk creations which morphed into @-monk in 2010, which was represented in three series — Community, Gaia and Mechanism. He had his first solo at the X Pub and Gallery in Penang. He had worked as an art teacher (Art Design, Kuala Lumpur), graphic designer, illustrator and lecturer at Art Direction (1992-1995), before helping out a relative in his business. His art prices have been soaring in recent auctions.