LOT 79 | Auction XXXV

LOT 79


B. Kedah, 1939

The Swimmer, 1979

Signed “SUI HOE” on lower left

Oil on canvas

46 x 89 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur 

RM 18,000 – RM 25,000  


Khoo Sui Hoe 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 played a vital role in nurturing other artists. Khoo Sui Hoe has also won various 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.

The Swimmer is a sublime body of work with a women in the epicentre who looks as if she is adrift in her thoughts represented with various green hues. Peace also seems to be the underlining theme with the artists use of green and facial expression of the subject.