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 Kin Chiew, 'The Stamp of Misreading', 2005, acrylic on paper.

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.

Yee I-Lann, 'Orang Besar series: ‘Kain Panjang with Carnivorous Kepala‘, 2010, direct digital mimaki inkjet print with acid dye, batik canting Remazol Fast Salt dyes on one hundred percent silk twill.

Yee I-Lann 

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.


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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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