Finding buyers, Malaysian art searches for a voice

Finishing art school, Haslin Ismail began as the typical struggling artist, selling just a few of his mixed media fantasy pieces for a few hundred dollars each over the ensuing five years.

But in September, a buyer at one of a sudden spate of Malaysian art auctions spent RM30,800 ($10,100) for a wall-sized Haslin painting full of outlandish images including a large human foot without skin.