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MALAYSIAN CONTEMPORARY ART, HERITAGE & STYLE

HENRY BONG LIAN HIN, J.P. (Kelantan)

CEO & Founder



BACKGROUND
Born in Kuching, Sarawak on 6 March 1953
Fluent in English, Malay, Hakka, Hokkien
Youngest of six siblings
Appointed Jaksa Pendamai (Justice of the Peace) under Section 98, by HRH Sultan of Kelantan Tuanku Ismail Petra, 2009


EDUCATION
B.A. Agricultural Economics, 1972 - 1975


INTERESTS
Fine art and antiquities, including metal works, jewellery, porcelain
Malay-world and Malaysian textiles
Interior design
Contemporary Asian art
Malaysian and South East Asian cultures

An established artist with artworks in various reputable collections

  • Permanent Collection of MayBank Berhad
  • Specially Commissioned Series of 4 on 'Lifestyles of the Peranakans' for Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
  • Specially Commissioned Series of 67 on 'Malay & Malaysian Motifs' for Hotel Perdana, Kota Bahru, Kelantan


BANKING AND FINANCE EXPERIENCE (ca 1976 – 1997)
Bank Pertanian, Kuala Lumpur
Hong Leong Finance, Kuala Lumpur
Citibank and Citicorp, Kuala Lumpur

  • Awarded ‘Sales Excellence Award – Asia Pacific South’, 1989

Maybank, Singapore
Head, Retail Banking, Bank of America, Singapore
Head, Retail and Privilege Banking, Pacific Bank, Kuala Lumpur

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

  1. Lead Curator & Content Conceptualiser and Lead Project Coordinator, a currently proposed museum in Malaysia


ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF MALAYSIA –  VOL. 14, CRAFT & THE VISUAL ARTS, ARCHIPELAGO PRESS (2007)

  • Editorial Consultant, one of three editorial consultants selected
  • Contributing Writer, 'Peranakan & Chinese Wood-Carving'; 'Wood and Other Carvings'; 'Carvings and Sculptures : From Cradle to Grave'; 'Development of Local Textiles'; 'Cultural Significances of Textiles : Sabah and Sarawak'


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS : Curator and Exhibitor

  • Mini Exhibition Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darulssalam's Accession to the Throne, invited by the High Commissioner to Malaysia Dato' Paduka Haji Alaihuddin Taha to present his collection of ancient Brunei bronze artefacts to visiting VIPs, graced by HRH Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the Raja Muda of Selangor, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 6 October 2017, loan of some exhibits
  • Treasures of the Peranakans & Straits Chinese - The Journey Continues, the second edition of the Peranakan auction organised by Henry Butcher Asset Auctioneers, Guest Curator & Advisor, 12 November 2017, with full viewing 1 - 11 November 2017
  • Treasures of the Peranakan World & Straits Chinese, the first stand-alone Peranakan auction organised by Henry Butcher Asset Auctioneers, Guest Curator & Advisor, 6 November 2016, with full viewing 26 October - 5 November 2016
  • Merdeka Moments Gallery, Mandarin Oriental, 17 August – 16 September 2007
  • Textiles of Malaysia with Special Accent on Kelantan, United Nations, New York, USA, 23 April – 4 May 2007
  • Opening Exhibition in conjunction with the Launching of the Muzium DiRaja, Muzium DiRaja, Istana Negeri, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, 12 November 2005, curator and loan of exhibits
  • Royal Exhibition, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, July 2001
  • Malay Heritage and Malaysian Culture, KLIA, Sepang, October 1999 – January 2000
  • 19th Exhibition & Market of Art, Antiquities and Textile Art, Castello di Sartirana, Pavia, Italy, September 1999
  • Art and Nationalism : Past and Present, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 25 August – 30 September 1999
  • Kain – Dazzling Songkets and Batiks of Malaya and Indonesia, Artasia Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 1 – 31 May 1999
  • Glimpses of Malaysian Textile Art : Modernity with a Tradition, Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 15 September – 30 October, 1998


SELECTED TALKS AND SEMINARS

  • Collecting for Investment, International Seminar for International Museum Day 2011, Negeri Sembilan, 23 May 2011
  • A Re-look at Borneon Brass and Bronzes : Establishing them as a Vital Component of Material Culture of Borneo with Design Evolution and Adaptation from the Bronze Age to the Mid 20th Century, 3-Day Seminar themed “Pemuliharaan Sejarah dan Temadun Borneo, Brunei, 4 December 2007
  • Weaving Networks : Development of Local Textiles in the Malay World – A Malaysian Perspective, The 5th International Convention of Asia Scholars 2007, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 2 August 2007
  • The 5Ws and 1H of Antiques, Museum of Asian Art, University of Malaya, 24 April 2005
  • Serih Pinang, Muzium Selangor, 12 March 2005
  • Who Designs? Conference on Design, National Art Gallery and Petronas Art Gallery, 20 – 22 September 2002
  • Romance of the Old Malay World Textile, Artasia Gallery, Taipei, May 1999
  • The Heritage of Malaysian Textile Weaving and its Future Direction, Symposium on ASEAN Cultural Heritage, 15 – 18 December 1997


SELECTED PAINTINGS