Lot 035

b. Kedah, 1939


Signed ‘SUI HOE’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
90cm x 90cm

Private Collection, Singapore.

ESTIMATE  RM 20,000 - 30,000


Image Suggestion encapsulates Khoo Sui Hoe’s ultimate stylistic expression which illustrates his hallmark silhouetted primitive-inspired figure in side-profile and a colour palette that emanates tranquility transporting the viewer to a dreamlike state of mind. Hues of blue, green, red and yellow are thoughtfully applied across the picture plane in short, swift and successive brushstrokes and a cubed border frames the rusty-coloured silhouette as a point of focus.

Khoo Sui Hoe is a cult hero in Malaysian art folklore for being one of the earliest who dared to become a full-time artist during a nascent time of new nationhood. He has also helped promote art and other artists first through his Alpha Singapore Gallery, which he set up with a group of artists in 1972, and then individually, the Alpha Utara Gallery in Penang in 2004. He is the spiritual leader of the Utara Group of artists in 1977. After graduating from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1961, he studied at Pratt Institute in New York in 1977. He won First Prize (Oil category) in the 1965 Malaysian art competition and an Honourable Mention in the Salon Malaysia 1969. His other awards included twice winning the Asian Arts Now Awards given by the Las Vegas Museum in the United States in 2002 and 2004. He divides his time between the United States and Malaysia mainly in Penang. A ‘mini retrospective’ exhibition was held in Penang showcasing works from 1967 till 2013.