In conjunction with Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2017, the exhibition Sharing Happiness with Art features works from nine contemporary artists including Art Porters Gallery exclusive artists Wayan Novi (Indonesia), Aiman Hakim (Singapore), Dennis Chiang Lup Hong (Malaysia), Bestrizal Besta (Indonesia), Liu Xuan Qi (China) as well as Thai artists Artheline, Sutee Eursiriphornrit and Chirtsak Phajitsattaya.
Gallery co-founder Sean Soh says, "I am originally from Malaysia and I am looking forward to share our passion with art and some exceptional works with the public in KL. We loved the public's reaction when we participated in 2015 and are looking forward eagerly to the fair this year. We know local collectors will love the works that we have specially curated for them."
He adds that they believe in art’s unique power to contribute to the viewer’s journey of self-discovery; when one feels connected with a work of art, deep emotions can be triggered, one’s sense of well-being can be enhanced, uplifting hearts and inspiring creativity.
The gallery focuses on contemporary art from around the world and builds relationships with international artists from Europe and Asia. Their featured artists work in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and digital animation.
Yogjakarta-based artist Wayan Novi’s vision of the beauty of ordinary objects such as sickles, teapots, oil lamps and hoes, serves to invoke memories of village life. In Dialog (2016) and Memudar (2016), his paintings aim to reflect the spiritual qualities of mundane items.
Besta creates photo-realistic pictures with "huge gestures" in an attempt to confront humanity and science. With innocuous titles like, Never had my dream come true (2016) and Past...Present...Future… (2015), the artist manipulates images with technology and confronts darkness with self-reflection. Hidden within the works, lie subtle messages with a certain indomitable force.
The colorful and artistic duo, Artheline, aim to conjure up joy and optimism with their sensual and favourite animal sculptures.
Inspired by his travel, Chiang’s landscape paintings that include geese, lotus leaves and butterflies also aim to make hearts flutter with the idea that love is never far away.
Art Porters Gallery co-founder and collector Guillaume Levy-Lambert adds, "Having in mind young Malaysian collectors, we have curated a selection of very talented emerging Indonesian artists -- with pieces that we love and that can fit many budgets."
Art Porters Gallery was founded in 2003 with the mission to share happiness with art.