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It's all Asia plus get free VIP passes to art fair

May 2012

 

Into the Light (left) and Candle Image (right) by Asian artist Karuna Panumes (Thailand)
Into the Light (left) and Candle Image (right) by Asian artist Karuna Panumes (Thailand)


The information on the auction sales successes in Asia appears to be never ending... much like the heat in Bangkok!

We were in Indonesia last week and pleasantly surprised that it has truly moved ahead of its southern neighbour Australia in the turnover of its own art at auction. It is the first time this has happened and is an indication of a trend as to the huge growth of Asian art in general and, more specifically, Southeast Asian art, both in Asia and further afield.

The recent sales of Southeast Asian art in Hong Kong were strong, despite the overall pessimism in the Euro zone and in the US. Asia seems to be looking inward for its momentum, as much as relying on international buyers, as is evidenced by the large number of high value sales to Asian-based collectors.

New museum – In addition to this momentum, a privately owned public gallery opened in Bangkok, Thailand: the Museum of Contemporary Art.

At in excess of 20,000 square meters, it is a significant space on the Thai, Asian and world art scene. I was fortunate to have a preview earlier earlier this year and I can confirm that the gallery itself is quite spectacular, rivalling many national galleries in size. The artwork is all by Thai artists and some of the works, collected over the last 30 years, are absolutely spectacular.

asart artists – Of our artists, four are moving ahead particularly strongly, with international demand increasing:

  • Simao (Tse Mao) Huang's works are growing in popularity as well as price, which seems to be the inevitable consequence of demand. His works are now in major international collections, and we are proud to be featuring his work at the San Francisco Fine Art Fair (SFFAF) this month.

  • Karuna Panumes has just delivered 5 new works (2 are featured above), each of them as original and brilliant as the next. The demand for her paintings is, understandably, increasing, and we regard her as one of the most original and interesting painters in Southeast Asia today.

  • Our new "discovery", Pairoj Karndee is too producing some wonderful works, and we will be showing 3 of his newest paintings in San Francisco.

  • Pairoj's works are still very affordable and we feel that he has the commitment as well as the technical ability to grow significantly on the world stage. An added motivation is that he has just become a father for the first time.

  • Finally, Rearngsak Boonyavanishkul, the master. His works continue to sell strongly in the international market and he is featured in the new art museum in Bangkok with his own dedicated gallery. If you get a chance to visit, do so.

Free passes (the giveway is now closed) – So it's now off to the San Francisco Fine Art Fair: 17 to 20 May. If you are in the area, please take advantange of the free VIP passes we are pleased to offer you (print and take them to the event):

  • 1-day free pas
  • VIP free pass.


Until next time, happy collecting.
Anthony Smith and the asart team

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