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Chng Huck Theng: The Artist

Ch’ng Huck Theng is currently the youngest to sit as a Member in the Board of Trustee, National Art Gallery Malaysia and also the youngest to lead the oldest art society in Malaysia – The Penang Art Society that has a history of 57 years. Just recent in early July 2009, Ch’ng’s artwork entitled ‘Determination’ was presented by the Malaysian Government (Minister of Higher Education and the Malaysian Ambassador to France) to Europe oldest and most prestigious art school, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), in Paris. Making his work one of the few Malaysian artwork to be collected by ENSBA. Director Henry-Claude Cousseau, head of the school, received the painting. Another of Chng’s painting entitled ‘Mother & Child’ was collected by the University Museum and Art, Hong Kong this year.

Born 1972 in Malaysia, Ch’ng’s meteoric rise through the art world is practically a fairytale, except for a fatal flaw – it is all true. He picks up the skills in Australia in 1994. In 2007, Ch’ng is balanced right on the cusp of becoming a truly household name among Malaysian and Asian art aficionados with the launch of his dynamic, new collection and lavish coffee-table book – ‘The Journey’. The artist is only a youthful 39 years old but has traveled far on his own personal artistic journey. Just last year (2008) he became one of the rare businessman turn artist in Asia to be have his creation acquired and displayed at the National Art Gallery Malaysia, Singapore Art Museum, Hong Kong University Museum & Gallery, etc. He had his recent art solo exhibition in Linda Gallery, one of indonesia most prominent galleries that also has galleries in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. A contemporary Asian artist and his work entitled ‘The Jekyll’ was sold in the Borobudor Auction House in Singapore 2008 for S$13,000. He does not only have a passion in art but also a heart to promote fellow artists. Ch’ng has donated some of his artwork for fundraising and charity auction as he felt that artists should also be involved in helping the unfortunates. 

 

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