b. Perak, 1955
BANGUNAN SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD, 1994
Signed and dated ‘Peter Liew 94’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
65cm x 80cm
Private Collection, Pahang.
ESTIMATE RM 10,000 - 15,000
PRICE REALISED RM 14,560
|An early piece by Peter Liew dated 1994, Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad is a heavily impastoed illustration of an iconic building in rhythmic strokes of brown, red, green and white. Designed by Arthur Charles Alfred Norman and built in 1894 to 1897, the building which is named after the reigning Sultan at the time housed the Federal Secretariat of the then-Federated Malay States formed in 1896 during the British administration. Inspired by Muslim mosques in India and having spent some time in Africa, the architect adopted elements of the Mughal architecture in its design. The 41-metre tower chimed for the first time in 1897 to coincide with Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Parade.
Peter Liew graduated with a Diploma from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1979. He lectured there from 1981 to 1993 before deciding to go full-time into art. His highly tactile technique of thick impastos has seen him travelling all over the world to paint mainly the natural landscapes, often in panorama. He set up his own art ateliers in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Having been to the Art Colony in Debrca, Belchrista, Macedonia in 2000 and 2002, he plans to set up an artist’s camp in Balik Pulau in Penang.