Thursday, December 25, 2014

Triple Gems

This is my latest work, I am playing with lines and shapes, hues and tonal values. It is very loosely painted with the colours allowed to merge and their their own places on this cotton-based heavyweight paper. I am amazed at the images that emerged.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concubine Lane, Ipoh

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.

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.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Calvin Chua Cheng Koon - River in his heart

Calvin works in watercolour, oil and acrylic too.

Calvin Chua Cheng Koon, or more popularly known as Calvin Chua, is a veteran in watercolour. Hailing from Kedah, this 53 year old artist is a graduate of the KLCA with a Diploma in Fine Art. He is as active in his works as he is in the Malaysian Watertercolour Society.

A winner of many awards locally and abroad, Calvin has also exhibited in countries including Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Taipeh, and Japan. His River Series has found appeal locally and abroad too.

Children playing by the river.

The river is this artist's theme

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Chow Chin Chuan - the bicycle man keeps on painting

Chow Chin Chuan at work

Born in 1961 in the harbour town of Klang, Selangor, Chow Chin Chuan received his art education at the Kuala Lumpur College of Arts and holds a Diploma in Fine Arts & Figure Design. This full-time artist has been exhibition his works since 1982 and has won numerous awards, including the Young Contemporary Artist award from the National Art Gallery in 1990. He has also exhibited in foreign countries, including Thailand, Taiwan, Belgium, Sweden, India and Brazil.

Chow has established himself with his favourite subject - the bicycle against a backdrop of rustic scenes that are fast disappearing these days, Apart from watercolour, he also does oil paintings who are also as exquisite. .

Bicycles are his favourite subject

One of the rare sketches he has done

Rustic scenes like this are his favourite