Lot 26 | Auction XX

LOT 26

Khoo Sui Hoe
B. Kedah, 1939

Girl with a Flower, 1968

Signed and dated “Sui Hoe 68” on lower right

Oil on board

61 x 81 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Illustrated on page 29 of “MOSAIC XIII” exhibition book

Published in 2013 by KL Lifestyle Art Space

RM 50,000 – RM 75,000

Mysterious and tantalising, this painting seems to be glowing from above.

A woman, tinted as dark as the night, is the main subject here as she lays in a resting position, a crow resting atop her hip. In his usual Fauvism style (a style of painting that uses vivid expressionistics and non-natural colours), the artist expresses something deep despite the simplicity that is this painting. Direct and non-elusive, yet charming, this painting speaks of contemplation, of rest and of the stillness and silence of the night.

Born in 1939 in Baling, Kedah, he studied at Singapore’s prestigious Nanyang Academy of Art and then at the Pratt Graphic Center in the US. He was one of the earliest and courageous people who took the plunge of becoming a full-time artist. Through his Alpha Singapore Gallery and Alpha Utara Gallery in Penang , he has helped promote other artists. Khoo Sui Hoe has also won a lot of awards, among which are the First Prize for the 1965 Malaysian art competition, an Honourable Mention in Salon Malaysia 1969 and the Asian Arts Now Awards (twice) given by the Las Vegas Museum.