HONG KONG.- Sothebys
Hong Kong will present its Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Spring Sale 2013 on 6 April at Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Leading the sale is an exceptional selection of Modern masterpieces with impeccable provenance, many of which come from distinguished private collections and are completely fresh to the market. For collectors looking for more avant-garde art, an array of cutting-edge works by the most lauded contemporary artists of the region including Ronald Ventura, I Nyoman Masriadi, Ay Tjoe Christine, among others, will be on offer. The auction will also highlight creations by young talents such as Jigger Cruz from the Philippines and Pham An Hai from Vietnam, all represent the embodiment of the passion and energy of the new generation of Southeast Asian artists. Offering a total of 165 works, the sale is expected to fetch in excess of HK$42 million / US$5.3 million*.
MOK Kim Chuan, Sothebys Head of Southeast Asian Paintings department, said: Sothebys achieved the best-ever result for our Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian art sale in 2012. The strong results further confirmed this category as a growing sector to watch - apart from the active biddings from collectors across Southeast Asia, we also saw fervent participation from the rest of the region and around the world.
As the leading auction house offering Southeast Asian art, Sothebys this season continues our devotion to bring the best of this category to the market. We are proud to be presenting rare Balinese-themed works by Indonesian painter Lee Man Fong, as well as Indo-European artists Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès and Willem Dooijewaard; a distinguished group of abstract paintings by Fernando Zobel; an important double-sided ten-panel lacquer screen from Vietnam with excellent provenance, among others. On the contemporary front, I Nyoman Masriadis Mr. Kapitalis and Sok Banget! showcase an interesting contrast between the artists early work and new creation, while Ronald Venturas Eye Land dazzles viewers with his signature multi-layering imagery. We are confident that an exciting offering as such will appeal to a broader market in Asia and beyond.
Lee Man Fong (1913 1988), Bali Life
Oil on Masonite Board, 81 x 181.5 cm, Est. HK$3.5 5.5 million / US$452,000 710,000
In October 2012, Sothebys Hong Kong presented Lee Man Fongs Fortune and Longevity which sold for an impressive HK$34.26 million / US$4.4 million, setting auction world record for any Southeast Asian paintings at auction. This season, Sothebys is privileged to offer yet another spectacular painting by the artist Bali Life, which exhibits the artists fascination of the islands humble customs, ethnic culture and exotic women, illustrating the ethnology of Balis essence. This large-format horizontal painting measuring 81 x 181.5 cm narrates a typical depiction of the village life in Bali. Its panoramic view composes a natural fluidity and is rendered in meticulous detail.
Bali Life demonstrates Lee Man Fongs elegant and masterful fusion of both Eastern and Western paintings through the language of his selected subjects, styles and techniques, reaffirming the artist as one of the most intriguing painters of his time. The painting has never appeared at auction and is truly fresh to the market.
Affandi (1907 1990), Tuak Manis, 1970
Acrylic on Canvas, 99 x 122.5 cm
Est. HK$1.2 1.8 million / US$155,000 233,000
Affandis emotional connection to colours is most evident in his self-portraits: red is used to symbolise passion and excitement, whilst green means delight, and yellow represents the sun. Executed in 1970, a prominent period of the artists oeuvre, Tuak Manis is an important portrait by Affandi which captures the emotional state of a man before a cockfight, amplified by the use of vivid colours in the work. It is one of the rare examples of Affandis acrylic on canvas works, and is appearing at the auction for the first time.
Hendra Gunawan (1918-1983), Penjual Petai (Petai Seller), 1980
Oil on Canvas, 80 x 140 cm
Est. HK$1.6 2.5 million / US$207,000 323,000
Hendra Gunawans Petai Seller is an important piece that comes from the distinguished Papadimitriou Collection. The work was one of the 20 paintings exhibited at Chase Manhattan Art Program exhibition in 1980 a solo exhibition organised by Mr. Papadimitriou to support the artists move to Bali after his liberation from the Kebon Waru prison. Petai Seller thus marks a crucial milestone in Hendras life, that of his essential adjustment to normalcy. Hendra did not usually feature men prominently in his market scenes but in Petai Seller, he placed a male figure as the protagonist, holding a bunch of Petai (stink beans). It was an apt choice of subject as this type of bean is unmistakably the food of the Indonesian common people. It was this idea of a small but meaningful existence that spurred Hendra on and which would eventually made it possible for him to produce the epic masterpieces he later did in Bali.
Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès (1880 1958) ,
Woman in the Garden Preparing Offerings
Oil on Canvas, 75.5 x 90.5 cm
Est.HK$3.2 4.5 million / US$413,000 583,000
Balinese-themed works by Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès are arguably the most marked and distinct works of his oeuvre. The artist applies repetitive brush strokes and layers of impastos to capture the surrealistic beauty of the sunlight and its hues as well as the lithe gestures of Balinese figures to the full. The present Woman in the Garden Preparing Offerings is one of the best examples. The current work boasts a unique composition and a perfect depiction of the islands beauty through Le Mayeurs masterful use of colours and the presence of light - a real gem that is truly hard to come by.
Willem Dooijewaard (1892 1980), Woman Selling Fruits, 1922
Oil on Canvas, 80 x 80.5 cm
Est. HK$480,000 680,000 / US$62,000 88,000
Woman Selling Fruits by Willem Dooijewaard is a unique piece from the Dutch artist due to the subject matter, size of the painting, the choice of medium, as well as the colour scheme used. Dooijewaard favoured lighter colours in most of his oeuvre to depict the Balinese sunlight, but the present painting on offer features a darker colour scheme which is rare in the artists work, and the atmospheric Balinese life is well captured and rendered.