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Something in The Star!

The local newspaper, The Star has reviewed the Malaysian Watercolor Society (MWS)’s exhibition on the 25th March,2012.

I was surprised and excited to see one of my paintings right smack in the middle of it! I hope they don’t mind I copy and paste from the article to my post here. Great write-up, by the way. The writer took an effort to interview me over the phone too:-

Motley Talents


Keep on eye on the new generation of artists in this three-decade-old society.

IT has gone largely unnoticed that the Malaysian Watercolour Society (MWS) is 30 years old this year, although it was only registered in 1983, the year it held its first exhibition.

But since 2004, MWS has undergone guided renewal, with dramatic booster jabs of young talent. Ooi Aik Cheong and Yeo Eng Peng were brought in that year, followed by Nurhayati Md Yusoff and Chia Seng Chai in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Experienced hands Jansen Chow, Khoo Cheang Jin, Lee Weng Fatt, Loo HooiNam, Zaharuddin Sarbini and the older Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts duo of Tan Sik Yaw and Khor Seow Hooi were also conscripted for a steadying influence.

The society is known for its quirky ratio of gender, geography (location) and race, with the most important and unwritten criterion being “acceptability”.

Shimmering strokes: Yong Look Lam’s Semporna,Sabah(2012) shows a boatman manoeuvring his sampan.

A highly anticipated yearly event, especially in the 1980s when exhibitions and venues were few and far between, the MWS Show has also become a report card of the participating artists, besides being a useful platform for them in their fledgling years.

For example, Chang Fee Ming went on to attain spectacular international status, especially for his Mekong riverine odyssey, while Chin Kon Yit’s architectural survey of Malaysian cities since 1998 has made its way into coffeetable books.

The society, however, was disbanded briefly in 1990, and rebranded as the Malaysian Watercolour Organisation (MWO) in 1992. But it was reregistered as the MWS in 2007

In its latest exhibition, currently on at NN Gallery inKuala Lumpur, Ooi, Khoo Choo Kian and Shireen Lee (inFukuoka,Japan) are among those missing from the younger crop. New president Aminah Abdul Rahman is absent too, although she was actively involved in organising the show.

Of the 25 artists who took part in the inaugural 1983 exhibition, only Dr Wong Seng-Tong, 73, and Yong Look Lam, 50, have put up works this year. While Wong Juk Jen, Tsai Horng Chong, Wong Nai Chin and Le Chek Wen have passed on, nearly half of the original members had split to form the Contemporary Malaysian Watercolourist Association, which had its first exhibition in 1994.

But Dr Wong, who “retired” as president in 2010 after a yeoman service of nine two-year terms since 1992, is not the oldest of the pack in MSW 2012. The honour goes to Cheung Pooi Yip, 76, the Sungai Petani-based artist who opted for aPenang street scene instead of his better known abstracts. Dr Wong, who was strong on portraitures in the past decade, has returned to natural highland landscapes.

Luncail Dengan Belon Belonnya (Biarkan … Biarkan) byNurhayatiMdYusoff .

Look Lam excels with his piece, Semporna, Sabah, which shows a crouching boatman guiding his sampan through a forest of wooden stilts.

Architectural facades and landscapes remain popular among the 83 works of 28 artists, who show different approaches and styles. It’s back to more conservative terrain, unlike in the last two years, when the exhibitions leaned towards more contemporary concerns.

The game may have changed today, with greater Internet exposure and physical mobility, and technically improved materials. Still, there is nothing like the alacrity of washes, the spontaneity of strokes, the subtle play of light, and the sheer splendour of colour coquetry!

For architectural heritage, Lee Weng Fatt imbues his facades with heavily textured ducals, while Jansen Chow plays with vibrant hues of light, infractions and reflections, often from a strategic junction viewpoint. Khoo Cheang Jin and Khor Seow Hooi zero in onIpoh’s old buildings, with depictions of the railway station and the old town at Jalan Bandar Timah, respectively.

Of the Tan Choon Ghee wannabes, Lee Eng Beng uses Chang Fee Ming’s “Malioboro tarpaulin” technique in his work, Newsweek Stall, while Alex Leong takes the Straits-Eclectic façade pitch. Newcomer Tan Suz Ching tries breaking up the forms in mock pixilated fragments.

Mangga 29 captures Zaharuddin Sarbani’s affinity with Nature.

The floral parade is led by Koh Shim Luen, with insects camouflaged and enmeshed among petals and leaves, with Tean Wei Gin, Lee Sing Pan and Md Nor Bidin keeping her company.

The MWS’ next generation of thirty-somethings in this show certainly bears watching: Nurhayati, King Ban Hui, Yeo Eng Peng and Mohd Faizal Zainal.

Nurhayati, a United States graduate with a minor in visual art, is known for her works on the Thumbelina-like caprice of children, for which she uses her niece as model. But in MWS 2012, her Luncail Dengan Belon-Belonnya resounds with the flightiness of e.e. cummings’ mud-luscious poem, In Just.

Still on little girls, Ban Hui exploits the innocence and fragility of expressions to suggest, ominously, a tension with their immediate environment.

Eng Peng has switched from realistic depictions of local fruits to floral bouquets, but with an impetuous dash. Newcomer Jackie Chin’s Bicycle Part 2, with the precarious balance of the side stands, recalls the quaint bicycle social commentaries of Chow Chin Chuan.

Zaharuddin Sarbani’s works of mangoes in the kebun, with spots and sap, reveal this engineer-turned-artist’s affinity with Nature. Stalwart Calvin Chua captures the cleansing ritual of water with a continuation of his River Series, which he started in 2007.

Also taking part in the exhibition is Datuk Tengku Alaudin Tengku Abdul Majid, who was secretary-general of the-then Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry until he retired in 2003.

It’s a motley crew of talents whose aim should be to raise the bar and take the Malaysian Watercolour Society into new territory.

MWS 2012 exhibition is showing at NN Gallery, 53A & 56 Jalan Sulaiman 1, Taman Ampang Hilir, Kuala Lumpur, till March 31. Viewing from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. For details, contact 03 4270 6588.

-from the Sunday Star 25th March 2012 (Star Two page 21)-


Now, if you read the comment made on my painting… It’s interesting how the writer saw it as something like E.E.Cummings’s poetry, “In Just”. Shall we read the poem, please..?

in Just-

by: e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

N Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame baloonman
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old baloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
baloonMan whistles


“in just” was originally published in The Dial Volume LXVIII, Number 5 (May 1920). New York: The Dial Publishing Company, Inc

Interesting poem, isn’t it?

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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Home


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Malaysian Watercolor Society Annual Group Exhibition

This coming weekend, Sunday 18th March 2012, Malaysian Watercolor Society (MWS) will have a soft-launching of its annual group exhibition at the NNGallery (please see more info below).


cordially invites you and friends to
the launch of
a watercolour exhibition by members of the Malaysian Watercolour Society
on Sunday 18th March 2012 at 5pm
exhibition continues till 31st Mar 2012
rsvp 03 4270 6588 (Zul / Kokila)

NN Gallery proudly presents MWS 2012 Annual Exhibition from 17th until 31st March 2012. This exhibition will showcase recent works by 28 members of the Malaysian Watercolour Society (MWS). Members of the MWS have actively participated in local exhibitions as well as many invitational programmes in Asia and in other foreign countries.

The quiet fashion of watercolours is ideal for capturing everyday scenes. A spot painter would find a location and begin a narrative of his surroundings. A favourite amongst the members of this society are rural, floral and fauna, figurative and picturesque scenes. With strong affiliation to our roots and heritage they continue to paint scenes that are reminiscent of early years past, life in the kampungs, the going-ons of local scenes and historical landmarks and buildings.

Participating artists include Tan Sik Yaw, Tan Suz Chiang, Mohammad Faizal Hj Zainal, Yeo Eng Peng, Jansen Chow, Abdul Ghani Ahmad, Lee Eng Beng, Lee Weng Fatt, Alex Leong Yim Kuan, Dr. Wong Seng Tong, Kho Choon Lee, Zaharuddin Sarbini, Jacky Chin, Lee Sing Pan, Md Nor Bidin, Calvin Chua, Liang See Shong, Cheung Pooi Yip, Yong Look Lam, Koh Shim Luen, Chow Chin Chuan, Lee Kee Seng, Khoo Chiang Jin, Khor Seow Hooi, Dato Tengku Alaudin bin Tengku Abdul Majid, Loo Hooi Nam, Nurhayati Mohd Yusoff and King Ban Hui.

With a deep concern to bring back watercolour to its glory days, this much loved and much overlooked medium presented in this exhibition will highlight some interesting facets of Malaysian life and environment.

For further information, please contact :

NN Gallery Sdn Bhd

53A & 56 Jalan Sulaiman 1

Taman Ampang Hilir

68000 Ampang


(T) 603 4270 6588

(F) 603 4270 3357

Gallery Opening Hours :

Mon- Sat 9am – 6pm

Closed Sun (except selected Sunday exhibition launches) and Public Holidays

Admission is free

So… I’ve decided to show 3 of my latest watercolor works and choose the study of figures (in black & white watercolor) for this exhibition. I really enjoyed making these paintings even though it was quite a challenge to handle the values of black and turning them into the human forms. I’ve found that the dry brush technique worked best for the purpose. Contrasting them against the colorful backgrounds made them more interesting to look at (in my opinion). Just like our life… what would it be without colors?

 From Top to Bottom… the TITLES are… ” Thumbilena Nak Sweets”, ” Pak Pandey- ‘Say Whaaat”, and ” Luncail Dengan Belon-belonNya (biarkan..biarkan)”.

All three are 38cm x 56cm in SIZES.

Thanks to my dearest models…. my sweetest niece, Jasmeen… my sexy hubby (hehehe)… and my mad brother, Ali.

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Home


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Peace & Harmony…

This Saturday, I’ll be attending the Opening Ceremony of an Art Exhibition by several of Malaysian Women Artists- 32 of them, to be exact. The artists were all invited by June Art Space which is in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. And yes, my painting will be among them too :).

As you can see on the invitation card, the Art Exhibition will display only LARGE paintings- no less than 3′ x 4′! Furthermore, it will reflect the theme of “Peace & Harmony” by the Women Artists.

In my previous post, I have given you the sneak peek to the progress of my large painting. Now, let’s see what has become of it…

"A Rose by Any Other Name- Vulnerability", Watercolor & Charcoal on Paper, 3' x 4', 2011.

Here’s a painting that for me, has its own meaning and is very different from many paintings I have done before. It’s a combination of watercolor on large watercolor paper and charcoal.

It is entitled, ” Vulnerability”. Simply, it’s a reflection of women in general… being exposed… and vulnerable to her surrounding/ environment. That, women in general are quite fragile, just like flowers… need Protection. When this is understood, we will be in Peace & Harmony.

Apart from the painting above, I have also submitted another 2 paintings that are in continuation of the theme. One of the paintings will be sent to Sokka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and the other to a gallery in Penang named Island Gallery.

"A Rose by Any Other Name- Peace I", Watercolor & Charcoal on Paper, 56cm x 76cm, 2011.

"A Rose by Any Other Name- Peace II", Watercolor & Charcoal on Paper, 56cm x 76cm, 2011.



I believe everyone in this world would like to have some kind of peace in his or her life… even a dictator or a murderer.  For me, peace is beautiful. If I could paint something to symbolize peace, it would be a Rose. It may be beautiful but it’s quite fragile… and with thorns. But the best part about Peace is when you have experienced its beauty, it will forever remain in your heart even when it’s gone. And our inner being will always be drawn to it like a child wanting forever to love and be loved.

The Light of Peace.

It can only come from within…

From within is from God.

But if you have not make peace with God…

You won’t have it in you.

The Light of Peace.

The most beautiful light on earth…

When it is the most beautiful,

It must have come from God.

But if you don’t believe in Him…

Will you ever find peace at all?

The Light of Peace.

It can only come from within…

From within will manifest to the outer world.

It comes from Nothing…

To something…

And returns to..


The Light of Peace,

Is Nothing…

Once you’ve found it within.



Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Home


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A Love Affair..

A year has almost gone by and now, one of the most awaited events in Malaysia is back!

What is it?

It’s the Floria Putrajaya 2011! Wohooo…!

Please Click on the image to know more about it.

There’s more information at the government’s official site. Find out what’s the hype is all about. And if you’re particularly fond of Roses, this is the year you wouldn’t want to miss out! It is estimated that over 100 species of roses from Southeast Asia and 300 species from the rest of the world will be exhibited. About 13 International flora and landscape designers will be participating- New Zealand, UK, USA, Hong Kong, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Pakistan, Japan, Kenya, Indonesia, Macao and Thailand.

Venue: Waterfront, Precinct 2, Putrajaya
Date: 9 – 17 July 2011
Time: 9am -10pm (Mon – Thurs) and 9am – midnight (Fri-Sun)
Addmission: FREE
Yup. They have a beautiful theme this year. And I’m excited to again fest my eyes to the choreographed nature, sweat in the hot sun, take some great flower pictures and most importantly,  pay a visit  to the Malaysia Watercolor Society‘s (MWS)  Booth! I have been participating in MWS Art Exhibition at the Floria since 3 years back… and this year, it’s another opportunity I would love to enjoy too . So, I am sending a few pieces of my flower paintings including one most recently painted especially for the Event…
Watercolor on Paper, 13″ x 19″, July 2011.
Actually, at this posting time… it is still a work-in-progress.
And I’m thinking that this painting shall be entitled… ” A Love Affair.”
Well, a mixture of Love and Roses can never go wrong.

Posted by on July 2, 2011 in Home


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Malaysian Watercolor Society’s Annual Exhibition is Back!


Invitation Cover by a fellow MWS artist



NN Gallery

Malaysian Watercolour Society (MWS)

cordially invite you and friends

to the opening of

MWS’ 2011 Annual Exhibition

at NN Gallery

on Sunday 20th March 2011, 1pm

to be officiated by

Y.B. Ambassador Dato Mohd. Yusof Ahmad
Ketua Pengarah,
Balai Seni Lukis Negara

rsvp Ms Kokila / En Zul by 15 Mar 2011

exhibition runs till 9th April 2011

NN Gallery is proud to present the Annual Malaysian Watercolour Society Exhibition from 20th March – 9th April 2011

This year under the helm of its new Chairman, Pn Aminah Abdul Rahman, the Malaysian Watercolour Society continues to be active in promoting the art of watercolours. New and existing members have brought together a fine collection of works of varying subjects from the traditional to the sublime as well as a diversity of treatment of the medium.

This will be the seventh year that the gallery will have the honour to host this wonderful exhibition which sees a range of artistic expressions which embraces the contrasts between the traditional and new, urban and rural, nature and progress.

The exhibition will be officiated by YBhg Ambassador Dato’ Mohd. Yusof Ahmad, Director General of the National Art Gallery, Malaysia on Sunday 20th March 2011 at 1pm.

For further information, kindly contact :
NN Gallery
53A & 56 Jalan Sulaiman 1
Taman Ampang Hilir
68000 Ampang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
(t) 03 4270 6588
(f) 03 4270 3357

Gallery Opening Hours :
Mon – Sat 9am – 6pm
Closed Sun (except exhibition Sundays) and Public Holidays


P/S: So there- the official invitation from MWS and the Gallery on the upcoming art exhibition. If you’ve read my previous entry, you’ll find that I’ll have 2 entries this year. God willing, I’ll be at the opening but only for a short while as I have to send my parents in-laws to the airport afterwards. It’ll nice meeting watercolor lovers once in a while.. so if you’re interested, just drop by and say “hello” to your favorite painters. I’m sure they will be happy to see you too :). Everyone is invited and it’s FREE!!


Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Home


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