Finding buyers, Malaysian art searches for a voice

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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.

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