HENRY BUTCHER ART AUCTIONEER
Malaysian & Southeast Asia Art Auction
Sunday 9, November 2014
Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
GOOD MORNING, TERENGGANU
1999, 56 X 76 cm, Watercolour on paper
SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG SPRING SALES 2014
3-8 April 2014, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Dance for Medusa, 1998, 56 X 76 cm, watercolour on paper
Larasati Singapore Auction -Modern & Contemporary Art
18 January 2014, Grans Park Orchard, Singapore
2007-2008, 87 X 107, Watercolour and mixed media on paper
The Painting was executed after Chang Fee Ming returned from his first Tibetan journey. At first look, it seems like a painting that shows a Tibetan dancer untying the knot of his beautiful ceremonial costume. But a close look at the black and white collage surrounding the painting would indicate that the artist’s actual intent is to pass a message regarding the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government.
In Chinese custom, a “knot” could also mean an issue, and someone who unties the knot refers to someone “who can solve the issue”. For a long time, Gyalo Thondup, the brother of Dalai Lama, has the important mission to negotiate on issues between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government. Unfortunately until today the “knot” between this two parties is still intact and the artist himself wonders when this “knot” will be untied or when the issue is solved.
RECORD-BREAKING AUCTION FOR “MANDALAY”
LARASATI Modern & Contemporary Art Auction Singapore
26 January 2013 – At the Larasati Modern & Contemporary Art Auction today, a seminal work by Malaysian artist Chang Fee Ming went under the hammer for a record-breaking figure. ‘Mandalay’, a work from 1993, was sold for $103,700 (RM255,924), an impressive sum (including the buyer’s premium) that makes it the highest price ever paid for a work by the artist.
1993, 56 X 76 cm, Watercolour on paper
CHRISTIES’S: A SPECIAL SELECTION OF ASIAN 20TH CENTURY SALE
Hong Kong 26th May 2013, Convention Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
1994, 76 X 50 cm, watercolour on paper
Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian art auctions
6th April 2013, Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
LOT 320: GATHERING OF GRACES IN FRONT OF MOUNT AGUNG
Estimate: 140,000 – 220,000 HKD
Signed Bali and stamped with a seal of the artist
1998, Watercolor on paper ,56 X 76 cm
Henry Butcher Art Auction-Malaysia & South East Asian Art
21st April 2013, Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2012, 56 X 76 cm, watercolour on paper
THE EDGE AUCTION
29 Jun 2013, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Lot 22: THE TRAIL OF ZHENG HE – SEMARANG
2012, 56cm x 76cm, Watercolor on Paper
ESTIMATE RM 80,000 – 100,000
Set in Semarang, Indonesia, a mysterious batik-clad figure is juxtaposed against the statue of the Chinese-Muslim imperial admiral Zheng He (1371-1433). Swiftlets dot the clouds. Chang is known for his hyper-realistic watercolour paintings, and his works are often enlarged details of a scene. The Trail of Zheng He demonstrates his painterly prowess, from accurately representing the folds of the cloth, to the veins of the figure’s hands, and to the rendering of grey stone against a blue sky.
Typical of Chang’s figurative paintings, the torso of the figure assumes centre stage while Zheng He stands majestically erect and tall behind. Contrasts can be made: life and stone, the wrinkles of the hands and the smoothness of stone, the complex batik with the grey of the admiral’s uniform. Again, the contrast of their clothing, one plainly Southeast Asian, the other distinctly Chinese. Yet there is an implied link. Semarang once had a thriving community of Chinese residents and traders who had by the 21st Century assimilated into Indonesian society.
The voyages of Zheng He between 1405-1433 took him as far as the Middle East, Somalia and the Swahili coast. The contrast of form and legacy perhaps considers whether this mysterious figure could in fact be a descendant of Zheng He’s entourage. The statue represents a man who has voyaged all over the world, and as the envoy of the Ming Emperor brought with him a fleet of imperial proportions filled with crew members and sent to explore the regions, perhaps looking for precious commodities like bird’s nest. This is among the first documented histories of the Chinese diaspora. Chang also alludes to the modern bird’s nest trade as contributing to the destruction of old Chinese dwellings in Southeast Asia that have been turned into swiftlet breeding centres.
Undoubtedly, Chang is one of Asia’s most accomplished artists and a superb watercolourist. He has been a Signature Member of the National Watercolour Society (USA) since 1994. He has been bestowed international and local awards for his art. While Chang’s earlier works were more painterly, capturing Southeast Asian vignettes with batik-clad figures, his recent paintings have taken on a more socio-political slant with meanings hidden in the details. This is becoming more apparent ever since his VISAGE series exhibited in Singapore in 2010.
CHANG FEE MING: FROM BALI TO JOGJAKARTA ( A Private Collection)
27th July- 27th August 2013, Bamboo Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
“Favourites from the Zain Azahari Collection”
17 October 2013, Edge Galerie, Mont’s Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
SQUARING THE CIRCLE
30 Oct-16 Nov 2013. Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London, UK
(After Dawn, Mahakam, 2012, 76 X56cm, Watercolour on paper)
HENRY BUTCHER ART AUCTIONEER
MALAYSIA & SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART AUCTION
Sunday 3 November 2013
Sime Darby Covention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
MONSOON HAS GONE
ESTIMATE RM 80,000 – 100,000
PRICE REALISED RM 209,000
Henry Butcher : Art Auction
6th may 2012, Kuala Lumpur
Lot 047 CHANG FEE MING
At Low Tide (Dar Es Salaam)
2005, Watercolour on paper, 20cm x 12.5cm
ESTIMATE RM 2,500 – 5,000
PRICE REALISED RM 30,800