30 October – 8 November 2014, 11am to 7pm daily



Sunday 9 November 2014, 1 pm
Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

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Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers (HBArt) are pleased to announce the highly anticipated second main sale of 2014 scheduled for Sunday 9 November at Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Featuring an ensemble of impressive Malaysian and Southeast Asian names – established and fresh – and artworks of pristine quality coupled with excellent provenance within the region and beyond, this sale is bound to stimulate the senses of the discerning eye. A special section dedicated to regional modern masters of abstraction as well as the second installment of a collaborative segment with Larasati Auctioneers will be presented in this sale of the year.

Under the limelight are fine masterpieces of prime significance by highly acclaimed artists like the late Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal who was honoured with the title of National Art Laureate; ‘Father of Malaysian Art’ Yong Mun Sen; master of realism Dato’ Mohd. Hoessein Enas; sought-after Dzulkifli Buyong; versatile artist Lee Cheng Yong among others sourced from eminent private collections.

One of the highlights in the Modern Masters of Abstractionism section is anchored by an early piece dated 1965 by the late abstract maestro Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal titled Berenang (Swimming). Created when the artist/academician held the position of Principal at the Specialist Teachers Training Institute (1964 – 1972), this tranquil piece depicting the calm waters is truly a rare gem. Versatile artist Lee Cheng Yong is represented by two Cubism-inspired works; a pair of monochromatic abstraction by Khoo Sui Hoe will also go under the hammer alongside Awang Damit Ahmad’s seminal Essence of Culture and Marista series attributable to popular market demand. Another established artist in the arena of abstraction is Jolly Koh whose vibrant canvas filled with minimal yet powerful brush strokes graces the collection.

A selection of museum-worthy Nanyang style masterpieces are featured in this sale namely Yong Mun Sen’s rare oil painting titled Boats Through the Nets dated 1936, the oldest work in the auction; Lee Cheng Yong’s portraiture titled Hope displays a sense of affinity towards native Malaya; Chia Yu Chian’s depiction of Jinjang Village, Selangor and a still-life titled Vase of Flowers both dated 1969; and Kuo Ju Ping’s undated Fishing Nets and Jetty Life combine the best of Eastern and Western artistic techniques onto canvas. Another exceptional find in this sale are two oil paintings by Tan Choon Ghee illustrating boats dating back to 1950 and another piece created four decades later in 1990.

Featuring in this sale also is a strong selection of fresh to the market modern and contemporary names such as Chong Pai Mu with an oil painting dated 1948 titled Portrait of a Malay Girl; Filipino’s master of abstractionism José T. Joya; Indonesian master Lee Man Fong, Hasim, Mulyadi W., contemporary artist Ida Bagus Putu Purwa; Malaysian young contemporaries Phuan Thai Meng, Ilham Fadli Shaimy, Sharon Chin and Chong Ai Lei; as well as Filipino contemporary artists Kiko Escora, Melvin Culaba, Lyra Abueg Garcellano and Nona Garcia.

All in all, the carefully curated auction offers the finest Malaysian and Southeast Asian art to the local market and abroad. Mr. Chris Tay, General Manager of HBArt remarks: “We have witnessed the growth of domestic art market in recent years thanks to the support of not just our local collectors but also regionally and beyond. We hope that the interest in Malaysian and Southeast Asian art remains strong and we will continue to offer selections of premium pieces as featured in this upcoming sale.”


For more details, please contact Chris Tay at 016 298 0852 or visit


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