For a small country, Malaysia has tonnes of artistic talent – talent that is not always given deserving exposure. It would be great to raise awareness outside of the tightly-knit art community and more among the general public on their works, which is why I enjoy going to art exhibition assignments I recently attended one that is currently being held at The Refinery Art Gallery, d6 in Sentul. Titled ‘Inspiration II’, the exhibition is the second in its series and is a collaboration between 22 veteran and amateur artists from Akademi Inspire.
Exhibit coordinator Yeo Eng Peng, who is a veteran artist himself, said that the first installation held in 2011 was a great success, so they brought it back this year. Most of the artwork featured are by Yeo’s students. The idea behind ‘Inspiration’ is to showcase what each artist thinks inspires them, since all creation stems from the flow of ideas and creativity. Expect to see colourful watercolour pieces, acrylic, sketches to mixed media in various styles.
“Harmony” by Ng Sheau Hoi features a pair of butterflies on pebbles.
“Buddha” by May Lee
“Love is in the Air” by Naomi Sim, who only started painting a year ago – which proves that nothing is impossible if you have the passion for it! Sim was inspired by her daughter who loves painting and art. According to her, this piece was also influenced by her favourite Canadian artist, Coplu. The colourful acrylic painting makes me happy looking at it. Something I would buy to decorate my home.
Artist May Ling’s imaginary landscape of Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful green garden bursting with blooms, with the Petronas Twin Towers in the background.
The artists come from diverse backgrounds. Some have full-time jobs and paint as a hobby, while others do it for a living.
Cameron Highlands series by Nancy Lau depicts the natural beauty of the Malaysian countryside.
All the artwork is for sale, so if you wanna check them out, drop by the Refinery Art Gallery in d6, Sentul!
Inspiration II will be running until Oct 24 2014 at The Refinery Art Gallery, d6-3A-G & d6-5-G, d6 Sentul East, 801, Jalan Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.
Viewing on weekdays is by appointment only, while the gallery is open on weekends from 11am to 4pm.
For more information, call 012-2050 716.