Lot 019

b. Penang, 1966


Titled and dated ‘Scarlet-rumped Trogon 2008’ (lower left
on mounting board), signed ‘choobengteong’ (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
33cm x 21.5cm

Private Collection, Penang.

ESTIMATE  RM 5,000 - 8,000

The Scarlet-rumped Trogon is a species of bird in the Trogonidae family. Found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Myanmar and Thailand, its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, swamps and montane forests. The word trogon is Greek for nibbling and refers to the fact that these birds gnaw holes in trees to make their nests.

Finely executed in watercolour, Choo Beng Teong has skillfully illustrated his subject matter in a precise and hyperrealistic manner. The meticulousness of every brush stroke appears in the vibrancy and delicateness of its feathers. The lush green leaves in the background complement the vividly hued bird. His works appeal to both nature and art enthusiasts, offering a breathtaking “aviary wonder” for the pleasure of his viewers. Featuring at Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers for the first time, Choo Beng Teong is one of the few watercolour painters to depict birds in a realistic manner.

Trained in art and graphics at Universiti Sains Malaysia (1985 – 1987), Choo Beng Teong has over two decades of experience observing and photographing birds in the wild. His observant quality is evident in his meticulously fine paintings of birds and its habitat. He has held solo exhibitions in Penang (1987, 1992, 1996) and participated in group exhibitions abroad such as Landscapes of Malaysia in Sweden, Stockholm (1997) and Asian Watercolour Art Exhibition in Seoul, Korea (1998). He won the Major Award at the Penang Pesta Art Competition in 1993. He is a member of the Malaysian Watercolour Organisation and Penang Watercolour Society.