B. China, 1913 – 1984
Brasso Yellow Hammer
Inscribed in Chinese and signed “Khaw Sia” with seal of artist on lower left
Watercolour on paper
50.5 x 31 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kelantan
RM 5,000 – RM 8,000
Khaw Sia was born in China in 1913 and studied art at the Sung Hua Academy in Shanghai as well as undertaking a private tuition in watercolour painting under Sir Russell Flint in England. His family migrated to Penang in 1937. Besides a master in oil, pastel and watercolour painting, he is also an expert in the cultivation of orchids. In fact, he is able to capture any flower’s beauty on paper, depicting its delicacy, charm and elegance, with colour so radiant and brimming over with life.
He has received a number of awards for his art, notably from the Le Salon Paris in 1956 and the National Society 25th Exhibition in England in 1958. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 71 years.