PATRICK NG KAH ONN
b. Kuala Lumpur, 1932 – d. London, 1989
DANCING COUPLE , Undated
Mixed media on paper
47.5cm x 30cm
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur; acquired through Samat Art
Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 15,000 - 18,000
PRICE REALISED RM 44,000
This delicate piece of a joget or dance between a man and a woman dressed in traditional Malay attire is charmingly composed. The merriment of the night is seen in the fairy lights and crescent moon. The dance is presumably the traditional Zapin, popular in the Nusantara (Malay Archipelago) and is believed to have been introduced by Arabic missionaries from the Middle East in the 14th century. Acquired from Frank Sullivan at Samat Art Gallery, this precious gem will now be revealed to the public for the very first time.
Patrick received his secondary education at the St. John’s Institution and Victoria Institution (V.I). From 1956 to 1963, he taught at the Methodist Girls’ School in Kuala Lumpur, and later at V.I where he mentored two of his favourite students, Ismail Mustam and Hajeedar Majid. He held his first solo show at the British Council in Kuala Lumpur in March 1963. The fifty watercolours, pastels, wax, charcoal and Indian ink were based on his visit to India that January and revealed the influence of M.F. Hussain and Jamini Roy. Patrick attended the Hammersmith College of Art, London in 1964 and the Wimbledon and Southlands College of Education, London in 1966. His work was selected for the Arts of Malaysia exhibition held at the Commonwealth Institute in London in February 1966. He was also a member of the Wednesday Art Group and held the Secretary position. A highly acclaimed artist of his time, he was remarkably innovative and naturally gifted.