Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concubine Lane, 2014, 9x11in, watercolour

I have always wanted to paint the Concubine Lane, Ipoh, ever since I saw it some years back but didn't get to it for one reason or the other. I love the play of structures against each other, as if continuing a conversation from the past. The stretch is undergoing refurbishment - the owners of the buildings here are undertaking renovation because some of the structures are falling apart.
I have painted this lane with lots of light to enhance the quiet mood.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tanjung Lumpur 1

This is the Tanjung Lumpur Jetty. This fishing town is famous for ikan bakar. Most of the trawlers that go up Kuantan jetty to unload their fish will have to pass by this estuarine town. In this picture is an old boat awaiting repair. This was taken at low tide.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Maamor Jantan - Uniquely his own

Maamor Jantan is well known for his Cakcibor (Dragonfly) series.
I cannot find another artist who paints watercolour with his speed and style. As a friend, I have seen how works seem to materialise from his brush. Even as he is talking, his brush seems to have a life of its own, transforming a white piece of paper into a magical scenery of rustic village scenery or a nocturnal view of a kampung. Maamor's most famous is his Cakcibor (Dragonfly) series, however, he is well-versed in other subjects like village scenes, night scenes and such. He also does oil.

A scene of people watching a keroncong traditional concert performance in progress. Look at the colours.

A Volkswagen parked under the light of the night. 

Itik Serati or the Malaysian shelduck is well portrayed by Maamor.