30 Nov '14, 3pm

S’porean artist Tan Swie Hian took one minute to create this portrait that sold for S$4.4 million. I'm 110% done.

S’porean artist Tan Swie Hian took one minute to create this portrait that sold for S$4.4 million. I'm 110% done.

Singaporean artist Tan Swie Hian’s work titled, Portrait Of Bada Shanren (pictured above), has sold for S$4.4 million (20.7 million yuan) at the 2014 Poly Auction in Beijing. This ink-on-rice-paper work’s record sale price beat Tan’s 2012 record, where his oil painting When The Moon Is Orbed (2012) sold at the same auction for a record S$3.7 million. By surpassing himself, the artist still holds the record for the most expensive work sold at an auction by a living Singapore or South-east Asian artist. It is not known who the buyer is but the bidding is said to have been intense and the sale has been confirmed by Guo Yuanchao, Poly Auction’s modern and contemporary art consultant. Tan Swie Hian (Wikimedia ) What is more impressive is that Tan had reportedly created the large-scale portrait of Bada Shanren, a Ming and Qing Dynasty artist, in just a minute and then composed a...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2014/11/this-portrait-by-sporean-art...

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