This season, Christie's is pleased to introduce and offer two exciting abstract artists from Southeast Asia.
Ever since he relocated from his native Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, the works of Perng Fey have explored and created new formative ways of expression and pushed his artistic career to new heights. In his series Equilibrium, the works he produces are filled with thick layers of metallic paint and enamel which translates to a moving away from his previous figurative style to a new and exciting form of abstraction. Untitled #014 (Lot 156) by Perng Fey showcases his great sensitivity working with colours, textures and layers, which mimic and showcase the foreign environment which he now is growing accustomed to. His palette has shifted, away from the warmer richer colours of his Southeast Asian background, but instead to a more sophisticated, deconstructed and introspective reflection of life and his environment. At first glance, the works seem random and accidental; however the formation of his work is always deliberate, using a variety of techniques to create the rich textured surfaces.
Singaporean contemporary artist Hong Sek Chern is highly acclaimed and has created and pioneered her own unique style. Her pictorial language is a modern and unconventional mix of modern Western aesthetics along with the more traditional and classical Chinese ink style she majored and was trained in. She is best known as well for her creative and masterly interplay of architectural lines melding alongside her signature multi point perspectives.
Her distinctive representations of urban landscapes often take the form of densely overlapping architectural structures, made all the more complex with the use of collage techniques. In Untitled #11: Aerial Landscape in Naples Orange (Lot 157), Hong depicts the natural landscape using a vocabulary of topography rather than architecture to construct her painting. A sensory exploration of form, texture, as well as colour, Hong presents us with a landscape that is constantly morphing and dynamic.