Lot 33 | Auction XXXIII


LOT 33


B. Selangor, 1970

Transition, 2003

Signed and dated “KOW LEONG KIANG 2003” on lower left

Oil on canvas

122.5 x 244.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur Exhibited at the “Floating World Exhibition”, A Solo Exhibition on the works of Kow Leong Kiang at Valentine Willie Gallery in 2003

RM 60,000 – RM 100,000


Kow Leong Kiang has successfully established himself as one of Malaysia’s respected figurative painters in the last 15 years since he won the grand prize at the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards in 1998. Since then, he has been working relentlessly to spread his artwork in the country and abroad. His works have also made their way into some of the permanent collections of corporations, private collectors as well as the likes of the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

He is widely known for his portraits of East Coast Malaysian women’s beauty and his depictions of nostalgic rural scenes captured through masterful feather-light rendering. He held his first solo exhibition in Singapore, To The Sea at Ernst and Young Gallery under The Asia Outreach Programme. Kow is also open to exploring subjects such as his attempt to use male figures instead.

“Ideas come at any time and at any place because I’m always thinking of new ones all the time. Ideas and inspiration can come from many sources like films, magazines, books and TV. The trick is to just choose the right one and develop it further,” said Kow.