Lot 003

b. Selangor, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2013

NUDE, 2007

Signed ‘NAITONG’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas
52cm x 52cm

Private Collection, Selangor.

ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 10,000


This alluring piece embodies the very school of thought Tew Nai Tong was trained in, by depicting a nude figure and still life on one canvas in an Impressionist manner. A bare-chested woman standing side profile in front of a mirror – her reflection only reveals her breast – with her back against a vase of fresh flowers radiating the notion of femininity. Executed in pastoral palette, the tinge of pink applied on her supple skin depicts her grace and beauty.

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 fulltime 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 was 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.

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