The Private Museum presents Khoo Sui Hoe: An Overview Part I – The Artist Collection from 1980s to Present, the first of a two-part major exhibition of the Malaysian painter, Khoo Sui Hoe. Known for his inimitable surrealistic stylisation of masks, figures and landscapes, this selection comprises of 25 paintings from the Artist’s private collection.

A former graduate from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1961, Khoo was under the tutelage of Cheong Soo Pieng and Georgette Chen. Following his move from Malaysia to the West in 1982, this collection portrays Khoo’s evolving artistic practice and development which spans Singapore, Malaysia and United States.

This exhibition will continue to Khoo Sui Hoe: An Overview Part II – The Patron, Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat’s Collection which consists of Khoo’s earlier works from the 1960s to 1980s. Highlights include significant works presented from the Patron’s perspective, including Children of the Sun as collected by distinguished collector and lifelong friend


Artist’s Biography

Khoo Sui  Hoe (b. 1939, Kedah, Malaysia)

Khoo Sui Hoe (b.1939) is an America based artist originally from Kedah, Malaysia. Khoo received his formal art education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 1959 to 1961, where he began his foray in fine art. In 1974, Khoo was awarded the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund Grant to study at the Pratt Graphics Center, New York.

Throughout his artistic career, Khoo has exhibited extensively in museums worldwide, which include The National Gallery, Bangkok (1997), Las Vegas Art Museum (2002 & 2004) and Shanghai Art Museum, China (2005). He also founded the Group Utara in Penang which consists of artists from the northern region of peninsular Malaysia in 1976.

Khoo is in the collection of prestigious institutions such as the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Art Museum and the National Art Gallery of Victoria, Australia and his paintings are much sought-after by private collectors internationally.


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Opening Reception
Thursday 16 October 2014, 6.30pm
Guest of Honour: Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat


Artist Talk
Saturday 18 October 2014, 3pm