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Lot 004

TEW NAI TONG
b. Selangor, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2013

NUDE, 2001


Signed 'NAI TONG' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
25.5cm x 25.5cm


PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.


ESTIMATE  RM 2,000 - 3,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 5,600

Illustrated here is a nude figure with her back to the viewer - her derriere almost entirely covering the canvas - leaving little space painted in orange, blue, purple and green. The assimilation of Western art sentiment and Oriental centricity evident in Nai Tong’s magnum opuses is significantly attributable to his formal art education. His figurative paintings reveal a veracious affection and admiration for women. Single figures to a group of women in a range of poses are typically portrayed in his compositions, completing his canvas thoughtfully with his imaginative use of space.

Tew Nai Tong received his early art education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore (NAFA), graduating in 1958. He worked for a while to raise funds for his studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (1967 - 1968). In the early years, he signed his work as ‘Chang Nai Tong.’ His first solo was at the British Council, Kuala Lumpur in 1964 and he had his retrospective at the National Art Gallery in 2007. He taught at the Malaysian Institute of Art from 1969 to 1980, the Central Academy of Art from 1982 to 1985, and the Saito Academy of Art (head of department, 1986 - 1988). He concentrated full-time in art in 1992. His awards included 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 in 2009. He is the co-founder of the Malaysian Watercolour Society (1982 - 1983) and the Contemporary Malaysian Watercolourist Association (1994) and the now defunct Le Beaux Art Gallery.


REFERENCE
Odyssey, Tew Nai Tong Retrospective
, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2007.