The museum collection of two artists represented by Valentine Willie Fine Art could point to increasing ties between Southeast Asia and countries in the broader Asian region.
In the first half of 2012, the Singapore Art Museum and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanawaza acquired works by two Malaysian artists, Chong Kim Chiew and Yee I-Lann, who are represented by the Southeast Asian-based gallery Valentine Willie Fine Art (VWFA).
Chong Kim Chiew
Chong Kim Chiew is a Malaysian artist working in oil painting. A graduate of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in China, he is currently based in Kuala Lumpur. He has held two solo exhibitions, one at the city’s Rumah Air Panas in 2005 and the other, “MAGNITUDE”, at Valentine Willie Fine Art in 2009.
The Singapore Art Museum collected the above work form his “Stamps of Misreading” series, which was part of the VFMA exhibition Tanah Ayer: Malaysian Stories from the Land at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Bandung, Indonesia.
Also living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Yee I-Lann graduated from the University of South Australia, Adelaide, where she majored in photography and cinematography.
She represented Malaysia at the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1999 and participated in the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial in 2009. She has exhibited in several countries around the world, including New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Germany.
After her participation in their 2011 group show Inner Voices, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa purchased some works from Yee’s “Orang Besar” series.
- Malaysian absract expressionist Eric Quah’s Penang retrospective – January 2012 – conservative style stands in stark contrast to younger artists
- Political correctness enemy of good art says Valentine Willie – BFM podcast – February 2011 – podcast interview with gallery founder Valentine Willie
- 3 young Malaysian contemporaries, 3 cultural interrogations – December 2010 – exhibition of work by Chi Too, Minstrel Kuik, Poodien at VWFA
- Malaysian artist Yee I-Lann mixes batik and photography in “Boogeyman” exhibition – October 2010 – on her recently acquired “Orang Besar” series
- First Malaysian art auction nearly sells out – Art Radar interviews Henry Butcher president – December 2010 – Is cultural development related to this market development?
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