TEH YEW KIANG
b. Perak, 1956
SCARLET-BACKED FLOWER PECKER, 1994
Signed and dated 'TEH YEW KIANG 94' (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
76cm x 56cm
Private Collection, Selangor.
ESTIMATE RM 12,000 - 18,000
PRICE REALISED RM 11,200
|Realistically illustrated here is a species of passerine bird in the flowerpecker family Dicaeidae which is commonly found in South and East Asian subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, wooded areas and gardens. A bird enthusiast and natural painter, Teh Yew Kiang’s observant nature is translated visually by illustrating a lone male Scarlet-Backed Flower Pecker perched on a blossoming twig. He applies vivid hues of green and yellow to accentuate the lushness of nature that complements the bright red streak of the bird’s back and navy blue upperparts. Featuring at Henry Butcher Art auction for the first time, this tranquil piece is a testimony of nature’s grandeur.
Teh Yew Kiang graduated from Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur in 1978. His solo exhibitions included Feather and Fur at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1988) and Nature Naturally held at Amoda Building in Kuala Lumpur (1993). He has participated in numerous group shows locally and abroad namely a two-man show with Choo Beng Teong in Selangor (1990); Arts and Crafts Guild of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor annual exhibition in various venues around Kuala Lumpur (1992 – 1996); Belum International Art Workshop and Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur (1994); Art for Nature in aid of WWF at NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1997); The Asian Art Fair, Singapore (1997); Leighton Foundation Art Workshop and Exhibition in Calgary, Canada (1998) to name a few. Besides painting, he has also worked in advertising, participated in educational projects on nature for non-governmental organizations and also produced stamp designs for Pos Malaysia.