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It is not often that a 70+ year old Malaysian-Chinese artist puts on a solo show. I am fascinated with the history of Nanyang-style art in this region, although not a fan of it. Tew Nai Tong is a Nanyang master, where his paintings are centred around hardworking, dark-skinned women from the villages, with trademark sepet eyes and apparent brushwork. 'Life of Freedom' caught my eye with its reflective subject matter - persons that have toiled through the years heading towards a swirling heaven. Unintentional as it is, this may just be a most fitting illustration of the Chinese artists in Malaysia, many of whom have been sidelined during the 1971 National Cultural Policy, which promoted Malay art instead of Malaysian art.
|Tew Nai Tong - Life of Freedom (2008)|