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    Dato Chuah Thean Teng

    Teng, as he is popularly known, was born in China in

    1914, where he studied at the Amoy Art School. Althoughbatik painting has been around for hundreds of years, it isremarkable that no one before Teng had ever thought ofadapting this age-old craft as a medium of fine art. Tengfirst started in this medium in 1953 and therefore he canbe considered the father of Batik Painting in Malaysia.According to Frank Sullivan, his productivity in batik

    painting is enormous...never satisfied, he is alwaysexperimenting, seeking to give new depth and range tohis batik art ( ' Teng, Master of Batik '-exhibitioncatalogue, Commonwealth Institute of Art.London 1965).

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    Malayan Life

    Two Women and a


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    Self Portrait

    Waiting Batik

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    2 of a Kind

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    Yusof Ghani

    A name that needs no introduction within the circle of Malaysian artists, Yusof Ghaniwas originally a graphic artist who transitioned to fine arts after receiving a governmentgrant to study art at the George Mason University, Virginia in 1979. It was there that hemet Walter Kravitz, a professor in painting, who introduced him to fine arts.

    Inspired by American Abstract Expressionists - Pollock and de Kooning, he eventuallydecided to pursue fine arts and develop his own style in painting. He then continued towork for a Master's Degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and metProfessor Tom Nakashima who taught him the finer points in painting.

    His first solo exhibition at Anton Gallery in Washington, D.C. with the "Protest" Serieswas asuccess.Ever since then, he has gone on to produce other series in variousexhibitions all over the world. His most popular series are:"Tari" (Dance), "Topeng"(Mask),and"Wayang" (Play).Most of these collections have been bought by artcollectors around the world and have appreciated significantly in value.

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    Bila Gambar Bersuara

    Segerak III

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    Siri Tari Sketch III

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    Mohamed Hoessein Enas (1924-1995) came to Malaya from Bogor, Java in 1947. Enas,who was largely self-taught, mastered a European style of realist portraiture, and paintedportraits of several Sultans and members of Malaysian royalty. In 1956, he spearheadedMajlis Kesenian Melayu (later, Angkatan Pelukis Semenanjung), a group which includedMazeli Mat Som, and Zakaria Noor. This group was dedicated to depicting the Malay idealof beauty and character.

    Enas was a member of Fellow Royal Society of Arts, London; member of Board ofTrustees; former Head of Design and Staging Services, Radio and Television Malaysia;and founder and first President of Angkatan Pelukis Semenanjung.

    In 1990, five years before his death, Mohammed Hoessein Enas was appointed RoyalPortrait Painter to HRH Sultan of Selangor.

    Mohamed Hoessein Enas

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    Javanese GirlKedah


    Morning Mist

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    As one of the most highly regarded artists in the region, Malaysia should be so

    proud to count Tew Nai Tong as one of their own. A professional painter, alecturer and the founder and president of the Watercolour Society of Malaysia,Tew Nai Tongs journey from the moment he decided to become an artist at theyoung age of eighteen until this very moment has been nothing short ofextraordinary.

    Born in 1936 in his hometown in Klang, Tew Nai Tong attended Peng HwaChinese School at Tew Nai Tongthe age of seven. By the time he turnedeighteen, he decided that he wanted to pursue his dreams of being an artist, aproper artist. With his mind set on painting his way through life, he upped sticks

    and moved to Singapore, enrolling at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)and studied there for two very fruitful years. Focusing on sketching, watercolorsand landscape painting during his early years at NAFA, he, along with hiscontemporaries, became part of the watercolors movement in Malaysia,promoting the art style to the people in Malaysia.

    Tew Nai Tong

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    Busy Market


    Beautiful Day

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    Redza Piyadasa

    Redza Piyadasa is a renowned Malaysian fine artist. He comes fromKuantan and was born in 1939 where he received his early education atthe Sekolah Abdullah in Kuantan. He obtained his Certificate inEducation from the Institute of Education at the University of Birminghamin England where he would continue to study at the Hornsey College ofArt in England where he obtained his Diploma in Art and Design in 1963.Redza would then progress to finish his Post-Graduate Studeies at the

    Art Department of the University of Hawaii, at Honolulu in Hawaii in 19977 where he majored in Aisan Art History Studies and Graduate SculptureStudies where he finished his MAF (Master in Fine Arts) there.

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    The Haji family

    2 Malay


    Keats The


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    Seated Malay Girl

    Aku & Cetusan Rasa

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