Fresh Decade-ReGroup exhibition

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GALLERY MESSAGE : 

GALLERY MESSAGE 1st April to 30th April 2010 Fresh Decade- new works When 2010 struck, I felt a sense of excitement as I approach another 10 years with great anticipation and hope for everything that will be on its way. ReGroup 2nd group exhibition consists of twelve Malaysian artists working in diverse styles. My brief to them is simple, do something with a “fresh” approach as they continue in developing their bodies of works in the coming years. The passion about what they are doing should be evident as they progress as artists, this is the challenge I give them. The moments of transition, points in life where change occurs are reflections of meaningful events, leaving one world and pushing through to another. Fresh Decade hopes to give you this opportunity to move on and push forward to another dimension of visual experience as you view these works.

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Ting Cho Chien, Lau Wai Leng and Gan Chin Lee paint realistic scenes, things, and facts as they are, life as it is. Kok Peng and Cheng Thak render the traditional old windows and bowls with vivid colors and meaningful messages. Wong Perng Fey and K. C Ho both opted for figuration and abstraction depicting moments in situations only known to the subjects of their paintings. Lim Ah Cheng and Jack Ting paintings are full of playful movements and powerful brushstrokes interlaced with musical rhythm. Soon Lai Wai and Eston Tan continue their love for landscapes, the pictures they make are serene and peaceful with the endless beauty only nature will afford. Haffendi Anuar is the youngest and most urban of all, his work in collage and painting is a breath of freshness reflecting the excitement and sophistication of a city. I promise a “fresh decade”, and so, here it is. I hope you will enjoy the works. Chin Chin Liew,April 2010

Eston Tan : 

Eston Tan Statement People, the earth and the sky. This is a scene in Hungary where nature, the sky and the beauty of mankind overwhelmed me. Eston Tan was born in Penang in 1972 and lives and works in KL, Malaysia. He studied at the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1991 and The One Academy in 1993. In 2000, he won a Major Award from the Penang Young Art Talent Award. In 2006, he was a finalist in the Malaysian Young Contemporary Award. Solo exhbitions include A Thought of Life (2003), Poetic Line (2008) and Down to Earth (2009). His works are in numerous corporate and private collections in Malaysia and abroad.

Eston Tan A journey from here to there 2009 Oil on canvas 92 x 153 cm : 

Eston Tan A journey from here to there 2009 Oil on canvas 92 x 153 cm

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Eston Tan Green and peace 2009Oil on canvas 91 x 91 cm

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Eston Tan Vienna 2009Oil on canvas 60 x 40 cm

Gan Chin Lee : 

Gan Chin Lee Statement In a closed state of a nation, people's free will are squeezed and there is a general neglect of the rights of citizens. The peoples’ lives still have no alternative but fly to boredom and listlessness. This is my concern for this year's series. In my Mamak series, I hope to capture the mood that belongs to this era, the mental state of circumstances. I think there is no place provided for them to vent their energy, so these youth place their state of mind in any place they could. My paintings bring out the ongoing-battle of the people living in a constrained society. I try to capture the mental state of these people while they go on with their lives, drinking and eating in Mamak stores and cafes. Gan Chin Lee, born in 1977 is currently based in Malaysia. He received his formal training at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China and The One Academy of Communicaton Design, Malaysia. He has won numerous awards such as at the Malaysia Emerging Artist (MEA) Award, Malaysia and an honorable mention from the 14th Da Dun Fine Arts Exhibition, Taiwan. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions since 1998.

Gan Chin lee I’m in Paparich 2010 Oil on canvas 76 x 152 cm : 

Gan Chin lee I’m in Paparich 2010 Oil on canvas 76 x 152 cm

Haffendi Anuar : 

Haffendi Anuar Statement This series of work is a cacophonous typhoon of images, shapes, paint applications and colors like a festive and drunken tribal-dance around a howling fire. It visually emits a sound like the industrial and repetitive music in an urban discothèque, where throngs of young men and women jump in a ritualistic dance and consuming magic potions. Nature, advertising, Batik floral design, middle-class materials stolen from reality and plastic-colors are latticed in a process that incorporates painting, collage, sculpture and construction into large organic mutant-bodies that consume everything that strays too close. I want to create a bridge that links Malaysia’s mystical past, folklore and nature with its complex and fluctuating contemporary urban culture. Haffendi Anuar (born 1985) is a young artist working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He produces sculptural objects, collages, drawings and paintings made from found-materials indigenous to the area where he currently resides and studies the affects of the material's poetic and tactile qualities on human life, the environment and culture. He scouts hardware-stores, grocery-marts, thrift-stores and roadsides for media to manipulate. His objects called "sponges" absorb the mood, aura, culture and environment of the artist's daily experience. He studied at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Rhode Island School of Design, U.S and did a study-trip to China. He is currently deferring from continuing at Central Saint Martins in London, U.K.

Remnant Garden 2010Mixed Media, 77 x 102 cm : 

Remnant Garden 2010Mixed Media, 77 x 102 cm

Carnivorous orchids 2010 Oil, acrylic, paper, plastic-bag, newspaper and cardboard mounted on canvas 90 x 135 cm

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Study2008Mixed media on paper29.8 x 35.5 cm

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Hot rain2009Acrylic, watercolor, gouache and oil on paper.42.5 x 42.5 cm

Jack Ting : 

Jack Ting Statement My paintings are imagined scenes, glimpses of a place liberated from the dictations of physics. The scenes are symbols of cerebral freedom. I try to paint with the outmost liberty, my paintings are unplanned. I work straight onto the canvas joyfully balancing elements and allowing the image to grow naturally. Nature serves as my main inspiration. Feathers, wind, light and trees emerge lyrically through the busy landscapes of my mind. Jack Ting was born in Sibu, Sarawak in 1968 and lives and works in KL, Malaysia. He obtained his Diploma in Art & Design from the KL College on Art in 1992. In 1994, he obtained an Honourable Mention from Philip Morris Group of Companies Asean Art Award. Solo shows include Ceremonies (1998), Jack Ting I (2001) and Drifted Glimpses (2008). He has also particpated in many group exhibition. His works are in numerous corporate and private collections both in Malaysia and overseas.

Solo, 2010Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 155 cm : 

Solo, 2010Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 155 cm

Sound of the wind III Acrylic on canvas 155 x 155 2010 : 

Sound of the wind III Acrylic on canvas 155 x 155 2010

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Diary 2703 Acrylic on canvas 61 x 193 cm 2010

K.C Ho : 

K.C Ho Statement Painting and drawing comes naturally to me. I paint and draw because I need to — it has become part of me. I especially love to paint the figure and abstraction. The journey I took through painting taught me to appreciate art and I have learned to express myself through my art. My work constantly evolves, reflecting the changes in my life and the changing culture that surrounds me. I strive to bring my art to new levels through experimentation with new materials and images. K.C Ho was born in Malaysia and currently lives and works in California, U.S.A. He is mainly a self-taught artists though he did take painting lessons from Mary Anne Beckwith (1998) and Glenn Hirsch (2007) in the U.S. His works are collected by numerous private and public collectors in the U.S and Malaysia.

Point Isabel at Evening, Richmond California, 2009Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm : 

Point Isabel at Evening, Richmond California, 2009Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

San Francisco Walk  30 “ x 40 2009 Acrylic on canvas : 

San Francisco Walk  30 “ x 40 2009 Acrylic on canvas

Still Life Study, II 24 “ x 18.5”2002 Graphic on paper : 

Still Life Study, II 24 “ x 18.5”2002 Graphic on paper

Lau Wai Leng : 

Lau Wai Leng Statement We have the most beautiful sky, the two women farmers say to each other. The clouds evoke the feelings of freedom, peace and purity. Nature is full of life. I hope my works show the similar feelings to the viewer. Lau Wai Leng was born in Negeri Sembilan, in 1977. She lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She studied at the Central Academy of Art and graduated with a Diploma of Fine Art in 1998. Wai Leng has taken part in many group exhibitions since 1998, and her works have been gaining increasing popularity and becoming a favourite with many travelling tourists to Malaysia.

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Early Date, 2010 Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 76 cm

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Under the shade 2010 Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm

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Lau Wai Leng Sing along song 2010 Oil on canvas 195 x 76 cm

Lim Ah Cheng : 

Lim Ah Cheng Statement A new series of symphony orchestra, – a beautiful sea of people in total harmony and in motion. I try to paint a conductor with his orchestra in a unique style. I broke-away from the traditional style and combine “Oriental identity and Western medium in harmony.” Adopting today an Abstract- Expressionist approach, I paint with enthusiasm and courage, starting with a thin layer of acrylic on the canvas surface, before layering oils on top. I then add rapid strokes in oil, in the manner of big, bold Chinese brushstrokes to convey momentum on every musician’s figure in almost abstract forms. Lim Ah Cheng was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1968 and lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He studied at the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1988 -92. Solo exhibitions include Challenging Horses 1996-2002 (2002), Melody in Harmony (2004), Enigma of movements (2005), Flying with the wind (2006), The passage-Penang (2008), The passage-Singapore (2008), Metamorphosis (2009), and has participated in many group exhibitions in Malaysia and overseas since graduation.His work had been auctioned at the Guangdong Jing’an Auction Co,Ltd.China in 2006 and 2009.His work is in numerous corporate and private collections both in Malaysia and overseas.

Symphony Ochestra, 2010Oil on canvas, 162 x 122 cm : 

Symphony Ochestra, 2010Oil on canvas, 162 x 122 cm

Symphony Ochestra 10, 2010Oil on canvas, 150 x 105 cm : 

Symphony Ochestra 10, 2010Oil on canvas, 150 x 105 cm

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Symphony Ochestra 11, 2010Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

Lim Kok Peng : 

Lim Kok Peng Statement Kok Peng wishes his art to go beyond the boundaries of the difficult and the simple, you should look through the hard surface of art into its core. That is how you can sense clearly what he wants to express himself through the textures, colors and compositions. His works are to reflect his inner emotions as they depict the profound, mysterious and intense feelings. Kok Peng would release his inner pressure through his art, which enables him to relax. Lim Kok Peng was born in Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia in 1975. He lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He studied at the Central Academy of Art and graduated with a Diploma of Fine Art in 1995. Kok Peng had taken part in many group exhibitions since 1995, and his works have been gaining increasing popularity in recent years.

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New Dimension, 2010 Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 91 cm

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Lim Kok Peng Wise transaction 2010 Oil on canvas 105 x 105 cm

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Lim Kok Peng Travaler 2010 Oil on canvas 105 x 105 cm

Lui Cheng Thak : 

Lui Cheng Thak Statement In this familiar windows painting, I use the colors of the Straits Chinese era. The new color palette, technique and style give visual freshness to my subject (windows). As it is in my older series, I feel that it is my artistic duty to preserve visually these ancient structures and old shop-houses before they are wiped-out by modernization. I love to travel around Malaysia, to small quiet towns and documenting these structures. I enjoy looking at the fine-details of the architecture and learning about the individuals that live in these magnificent buildings. Lui Cheng Thak was born in Negeri Sembilan in 1967 and lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He obtained his Diploma in Art & Design from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1987-1989. Solo shows include As I was Passing (1997), Our Heritage (2001), and Typical Malaysia (2003). He also participated in many group exhibitions. His works have been collected by many corporate and private collectors both in Malaysia and overseas.

Design by Color, 2010Oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm : 

Design by Color, 2010Oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

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Lui Cheng Thak Antique window 2010 Oil on canvas 150 x 75 cm

Soon Lai Wai : 

Soon Lai Wai Statement The Halong Bay series absorbs the spirit of Chinese painting, especially the strokes that create the mountains, the technical effort, and expressions on canvas with oil paint. The base was done in acrylic and expresses the power of nature, such as fogs, clouds and the heavenly blue sky. I tried to use vibrant colours to reflect the changing of lights and also present a Southeast-Asian colour combination. I’m trying to present the happiness and serenity of the scenes. I use powerful strokes and their interplay with empty spaces to serve as symbols of an abstracted landscape. Profoundly inspired by Chinese philosophy, from its layouts and artistic sense, I want to show the beauty of the island’s rocky scene in its natural splendour. Soon Lai Wai was born in Penang in 1970 and lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He studied at the Saito Academy of Design College in 1989 - 1992. He worked as an artists in a number of local and overseas advertising firms from 1992 - 1997. In 1997, he won a consolation award from National Art Gallery in the Bakat Muda Art Competition. In 2003, he won an award from the Philip Morris art competition. Solo exhibitions include Sensuous Oriental (2004), Garden Paradise (2006) and A Joyful Moment (2007).His works are in numerous private and corporate collections.

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Mountain Series 6, 2010 Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 152 cm

Mountain Series 7, 2010 Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm : 

Mountain Series 7, 2010 Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

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Mountain Series 7, 2010 Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 183 cm

Ting Cho Chien : 

Ting Cho Chien Statement This work uses film's visual effects and cinematic rendering in order to give the viewer feelings of continuity and extension to the story. Mother and son tries to show the relationship between a mother and her child. Sandwiched between them are the present and the future. I mainly focus on the present relationship of the pair though I leave enough space for the viewer to interpret what the future holds as a new journey begins. Ting Cho Chien was born in Miri, Sarawak in 1970, and lives and works in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. He studied at the Central Academy of Art and graduated with a diploma in Fine Art. In 1996, he won an award with the Cornucopia of Malaysia Arts ‘96 (Metropolitan Gallery of Fine Art). He had two solo exhibitions in 1997 and 2004, and had taken part in many selected group exhibitions since 1987. His works are in numerous corporate and private collections.

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Mother and son, 2010 Watercolour on paper, 56 x 110 cm

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Memory series no 11, 2010 Watercolour on paper, 56 x 110 cm

Wong Perng Fey : 

Wong Perng Fey Statement I started this series of works around the end of 2008. I balanced my time working while traveling in between Yoyjakarta and KL. During that period, I asked myself many questions which I do not have answers to. I was wondering if what I was doing make any sense at all. One of the many questions is was it important if people can understand me, or my works? Most of us play multiple roles in life - be it in the society, at home, on stage, etc. But what role do we play when we are alone? Do we have a hidden role that only we know ourselves? Therefore, I started to observe others for clues. Born in 1974, Wong Perng Fey is an independent artist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His chosen subject is the Malaysian landscape and oil paints are his favourite medium. The process of his painting forms an emotional bridge between man and his surroundings, exploring questions of belonging, memory, inhabitation, change and permanence. He has exhibited several remarkably sensitive bodies of work, and continues to probe the language of painting to find new powerful interpretations of his subject. Perng Fey graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1998 on scholarship and has been a full-time artist ever since. His works have been shown in Kuala Lumpur's major galleries and collected by Malaysian's National Art Gallery and Galeri Petronas.

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Kar Yee (in deep thought), 2009 Oil on canvas, 152 x 152 cm

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