Agence France Presse is keen on the upcoming SouthEast Asian Art sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction on Monday. They took a little time to talk to a few of the buyers, like leading Indonesian collector Oei Hon Djien:
Twenty-nine-year-old businessman Daniel Joseph, said he buys artworks for “investment and personal enjoyment”.
“Art will be a good investment as long as you buy top artworks,” he said, adding he has bought more than 50 paintings at foreign or domestic auctions.
Joseph, who has been going to art galleries since he was nine, said he admires the work of late Indonesian artists such as S. Sudjojono, Affandi and Hendra Gunawan.
“There’s a certain charisma about their works. You can see the artists’ passion,” he said.
[…] Collector Djien said the art industry in Indonesia could be making bigger strides if the government provided necessary art infrastructure and supported local talents with funding.
Southeast Asian Art Rides New Popularity at Auction (AFP)