Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Heart in The Moon @ Island Gallery, Penang.

21 April 2013

The last time we met was in Malacca, 2006

I'm glad to have met Muhammad at Island Gallery. My first Thai Muslim artist. He is regarded as an Art Ambassador of Hat Yai, Southern Thailand because he is very active in organizing group art exhibition between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. He also participated in international arts festival

As a Muslim artist, he uses the moon as his subject with various  creative expression and soothing colors. If you hang a super large painting in your bed room it's like sleeping in an open field.

Group photo with artists at Island Gallery

Everyone declare the opening of
Muhammad's solo exhibition 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Landscape 2 @ Galeri Seni Mutiara, Penang



This is a very special exhibition for it carries a theme entitled, ‘My Landscape’.

In general term, ‘landscape' can be elaborated as scenery that we see with our eyes in a certain place thus it is considered an easy subject to handle.

However, when the word 'My' is added to become 'My Landscape', it will not just be a landscape painting anymore, in fact it needs to encompass artists’ perception and vision from within.

Our landscape paintings on the wall show differences in style, techniques, angles, perception and hidden messages.

There are ‘abstract landscape paintings' that use various colours, forms, shapes and textures to depict the artists' mind.

There are also the 'conceptual landscape paintings' that use totem as a symbol. Totem, in actual fact, is a symbol of one group. From here, we can draw inferences about an ethnic’s myths, historical records and customs. In primitive times, it was believed that certain natural objects or animate beings have blood connection with their heritage. Therefore, certain animals or plants could be used as the image or sign of the ethnic group.

There are the 'surrealistic landscape paintings' that combine reality and dream to form a soothing, romantic and enchanting panorama view.


There are also the 'realistic paintings’ that showcase our nature and coastal scenes but the artists have shown their distinctive styles.

Chin Kon Yit's realistic 'country life series' has a poetic sense with its fine strokes and sombremood.

Siow Yin Yoong draws her inspirations from the primitive totems to present a graphical treatment of signs n symbols on nature. It can be termed as conceptual art.

Lim Kok Hong uses colour, form, shape and texture to speak his heart while presenting his mindscape.

Tan Yew Choong plays freely with his watery techniques to achieve flowing and very carefree landscapes.

Jason Yeoh's 'boatscapes' is a common scenery in our country side. However, the treatment of the artist has created a poetic sensation on the subject.

Koh Shim Luen's love of flora and fauna on Malaysian country life has inspired her to present a series of surrealistic paintings on her ‘The Earth Splendour’ dreamscape. 

Friday, April 5, 2013


Your World My World / Oil on Canvas / 54cm x 73
The Aquarium / Oil on Canvas / 90cm x 110
Above and Beneath The Surface #1 / Mixed Media on Paper / 57cm x 76cm
“Life experiences and growth changes one’s 
perception and widen one’s knowledge.
 More elements are going to be discovered, 
experimented and developed in my future paintings.”

Shireen Lee
For more info on Shireen Lee, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 22


“However it is, at the last, it comes down to the artist himself. If he works and endeavors hard, he can make it. Anything made with earnestness and hard work surely will result in a great appreciation, and I believe in self-confidence. ”
Mass Yusof
Saling Mengenal / Acrylic / 24cm x 36cm
Aku Juara / Acrylic / 30cm x 30cm
Mencari Rezeki / Acrylic / 36cm x 48cm
For more info on Mass Yusof, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 22

Thursday, April 4, 2013


“Throughout his 28 years of art career, Koay has trained more than five thousand students. Many of today’s young artists were his ex-students or assistants.”
Kelantan Market / Watercolour / 56cm x 38cm
Kelantan China Town / Watercolour / 56cm x 38cm
Chew Jetty / Watercolour / 41cm x 30cm
Koay Shao Peng
For more info on Koay Shao Peng, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 22

Monday, January 21, 2013


In a studio near the outskirts of Ampang, there are stacked planes of nature
and tropical landscapes; glowing emeralds nestled in the residential area’s
urban order. Each canvas is a window to another place, an older time;
a capture of nature’s gentle pulse in fine brushstrokes.
This is Rasid Yusof’s own private sanctuary.

 “I’ve loved nature from the very beginning,
then I wanted to portray through art the natural
heritage that we have - I want to capture
beautiful landscapes never before
seen by others.”
Malaysian Interior I (2010), Acrylic on Canvas,  127cm x 101.6cm
Jambu Fruit Dove Couple (2011), Acrylic on Canvas, 91.4cm x 60.9cm
Take off (2011), Acrylic on Canvas, 76.2cm x 76.2 cm
For more info on Abdul Rasid Yusof, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 17


Penang-born Yong Seow Ping unveils her latest series of work
based on an artistic epiphany inspired by the Bodhi tree.
As she transitions from still lifes to abstract forms, canvas to leaves,
Yong maintains her lively palette and keen appreciation
for the litte things in life.

“The Bodhi tree conveys the classical and the symbol of
the expressive forms in art. It gives a warm, merciful and
lush vitality. The Bodhi tree also represents peace.”

Love Tree - Series 1 (2011), Oil on Canvas, 43cm x 56cm
Harvest Season (2002), Oil on Canvas, 94cm x 126cm
Food For Thoughts (2010), Oil on Canvas, 36cm x 47cm

For more info on Yong Seow Ping, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 17


“I enjoy the energy and emotion of that moment
of creating. When I paint, I rarely plan, and
when I can see the flow of it, the direction the
artwork is going, that’s when it is exciting!” 
Face Series No.10, Batik and Acrylic on Canvas, 137cm x 137cm
My Garden Series (2009), Acrylic on Canvas, 121cm x 136cm
Kelapa Series (2010), Batik and Acrylic on Canvas, 122cm x 122cm

Floral blooms in a riot of vibrant colours and forms depict a paradise 
that conceals ornate butterflies and sleeping maidens, all in the fine 
nuances of batik. These are the expressions of Fauzi Arshad’s love for nature, 
and most of all,his tributes to the art of batik.

For more info on Ahmad Fauzi Arshad, buy a copy of 
ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 17


Photography for me has been a journey of discovery.
Undoubtedly it has opened my eyes to new possibilities
in art and the art of photography. Capturing timeless
images not only preserves the space of time but it also
preserves the human soul
On The Phone

Father & Son


For more info on Adrien Chan, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 21


“My opportunities for growth
were limited in comics as the
magazines were too focused on
humour, and when I created
something symbolic, it was not
well received, So I had to find a
more meaningful platform.”

Anai-anai, Mixed Media, 122cm x 122cm

Kalah Menang Belum Tentu (2010), Acrylic on Canvas, 112cm x 122cm

Dari Dalam Kepala, Mixed Media, 122cm x 122cm
For more info on Adeputra, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 21


Seharian di Ladang , Mixed Media on Canvas, 89cm x 143cm

“Planting is a benefit to everyone, thats the
metaphor for my art making. Why create art
to keep for yourself, we should share it. For
me, artists are not self-centered making art
for arts sake, it is one of my responsibilities
to share to viewers that we can make
something good.”

Di Bungkus (2011), Mixed Media on Canvas, 20cm x 25cm

Installation for Silent Diary

For more info on Faizal Suhif, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 21

Friday, January 4, 2013


A graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore, Lee
obtained a place to study at the New York Art Students League (MYASL) in 1969,
then at the Pratt Institute where he took up the graphics programme. In America,
Lee was ‘excited by all the art movements that flourished there... Yet, his art is
uniquely his own, often with a touch of ingenuity.’

Sweet Dream (1999), Acrylic on Canvas, 51cm x 51cm
Siblings (1972), Ink on Rice Paper, 46cm x 32cm
Blossom (2009), Acrylic on Canvas, 51 cm x 51cm
For more info on Lee Long Looi, buy a copy of ArtMalaysia Magazine Issue 19