Thursday, February 28, 2008

More Abdullah Ariff's Works Coming Home?

I have just been contacted by another owner of Abdullah Ariff's works entitled Storm. Received the email below from a reader named Jim in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, he must have misspelt his email because the reply bounced as the mail daemon informed me.

I have got a picture by this artist called the storm signed and dated 1956
Please, where would be the best place to sell this. Can you help please. Thanks

Are there more Abdullah Ariff out there and is our National Art Gallery interested in acquiring them? These are national treasures and I am amazed no one from the gallery has contacted me so that I could forward the owner' addresses. Are we waiting for these works to be lost forever?
Picture right: Thumbnails of some of Ariff's works.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Abdullah Ariff Original Found!

Abdullah painted this in 1954 when he held his one-man shows in the US.

Recently a reader wrote to me to find out more about this painting and would like to have it appraised and possibly sold - at a fair price.

When I took a look of the painting, it turned out to be an Abdullah Ariff work. It was a painting of a riverine fisherman, with the usual signature colours used by the late artist.
This was one of the pieces the watercolour pioneer did when he held his one-man show at North Carolina, and alsO the Mint Museum of Art at Charlotte, New York, way back in 1954.
I am wondering if there are any party interested in the painting out there. I will put you in touch with the owner (he is from overseas) and you can deal direct with him. According to the current owner, the painting was almost gotten rid of once. So, if you are a collector of Abdullah Ariff's work, here's your chance to own it.

Straying a bit from the topic, I think the National Art Gallery should make an attempt to purchase this piece as it is one the remaining works of the great artist-watercolourist that are still around.

The painting has been framed and from the digital picture, seemed in good condition, too.

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The artist's signature.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

RM3,000 plus for Yong Mun Sen's Work?

I was surprised when I found out that this piece of Yong Mun Sen's work is priced at a remarkable USD1,200. What a bargain, don't you think? At the current coversion rate of RM3.30 to USD1.00, it works out to be about RM3, 960.

From the information I gathered, this piece was that of a Chinese Temple drawn in 1948. A signature imprint was also show.

I think Malaysian galleries, better still - the National Art Gallery, should make a purchase of it. It's our national trasure!

For those who don't know Yong Mun Sen, he was one of the pioneers of Malaysian art and among his famed peers was Abdullah Ariff.
Mun Sen's signature.