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Palette of history and strife

Indonesian contemporary artist Jim Allen Abel essays the late tycoon Oei Tiong Ham in a series of artworks inspired while he was incarcerated, writes CHEAH UI-HOON
Nov 29, 2013 6:00 AM

HE was known as the sugar king of Java, but in Singapore, the name Oei Tiong Ham is more synonymous with expensive real estate. But in the hands of Indonesian contemporary artist Jim Allen Abel, the late Indonesian-Chinese tycoon's life gets a much more detailed re-telling. Abel's latest series