Image credit: Song Siew Yin
Known as a prominent cultural and heritage site – and not to mention a tourist hot-spot – the recent years has seen Penang transform into an art hub in the region.
In honoring this spirit, Penang based artists are currently holding an exhibition themed simply, “Celebrating Penang”.
The art exhibition which began on January 21 and runs until February 14 at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre at Georgetown, Penang, sees the work of four artists from diverse art styles and backgrounds.
The artworks which ranges from paintings to even sculptures feature works of Yeoh Suan Choo, Tan Kuan Aw, Lim Jee Yuan and Jason Min.
The best part? All the artists come from different age range, background and techniques. However they’re bonded by a similar interest which brought them together; art and Penang. What’s interesting is that each artist represents a trait or characteristic of the island.
The eldest of the group, Yeoh, began her foray into the art through Chinese brush painting which eventually paved her way into painting through watercolor. Look closely at her paintings and you’ll discover traces of her Chinese brush painting reflected in her charming water colour works. She prefers using subtle colours which have no sharp outlines.
Tan, on the other hand, is as determined as the people of Penang. Despite being born with a disability, he has always been interested in the arts as a boy. Despite an illness which happened 10-years-ago resulting in weakness in his hands, Tan has improvised his art by infusing dots and lines. Though the shapes are not clearly defined and the colours do not follow the shapes, Tan’s work has seen him create a unique and delightful art style.
Representing the modernity of Penang is Lim Jee Yuan who has a background in Housing, Building and Planning. His watercolour paintings have very clear cut outlines and strong colours – not to mention attractive paintings due to their vibrant colours – are eye catching. This is because Lim has a background in graphic designing as well.
The youngest in the group is Jason Min. Don’t be fooled by his age though as Jason is not new to the local art scene. Bringing with him a new and refreshing approach, Jason draws murals in Penang is well received for his match-stick style. This exhibition sees him painting George Town in egg shells.
Yes, you read that right. Egg shells.
Interested already? The exhibition is open to the public from 12pm to 8pm on weekdays and opens until 9pm on weekends. It’s even going to be open during the Chinese New Year holidays!