Lot 5 | 12 July 2020





B. Penang, 1944

Luscious, 2000 – 2016

Oil on canvas mounted on plywood

42 x 59 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 316 in “James Sum Retrospective” book published in 2016 by Penang State Museum & Art Gallery

RM 20,000 – RM 28,000

James Sum Kin Hing, born in 1944 in Penang, is a London-based artist with his own instantly recognisable style. The artist is a master in both Chinese ink and colour and oil. In both mediums, James is able to amalgamate the Western and Eastern artistic traditions. In 1995, he was awarded the Outstanding New Entrant Award by the Royal Watercolour Society for his Chinese ink and colour painting on rice-paper. This was a momentous occasion as James was the first for any Asian artist since the Society’s founding in 1804. With the recognition from RWS, James can claim to have bridged the divide between Western and Oriental art. ‘Luscious’ is a tranquil work, comprising a dominant earthy palate and merged with a calming blue accent