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Funny writings

19 August 2013

All paintings are either abstract or figurative/representational.  Some examples of figurative paintings are those of Raphael, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach, and some examples of abstract paintings would be those of Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, and Bridget Riley.

And because many modern figurative paintings are non-realistic (photographic), some untutored writers have described them as “semi-abstract”, a term not used at all by any reputable art historians.

Surrealism in Malaysian Art

19 August 2013

Behind the giant panel welcoming visitors is a curious mix of bizarre objects and odd paintings, hauntingly illuminated by an ominous lighting scheme that is ostensibly part of a curatorial decision.

Ilse Noor’s monochrome dream-world etchings line a wall while S. Amin Shahab’s paintings, reminiscent of Giorgio de Chirico’s, are juxtaposed with CD covers from the 80s and 90s. Yee I-Lann’s digital photo Fencing (2003) is, upon closer inspection, the image of the Petronas Twin Towers repeated to cleverly resemble a wooden fence.

Uniquely Jolly

16 August 2013

Outspoken, opinionated and at times, brutally frank, artist Jolly Koh’s assertive personality contrasts dramatically with the harmonious colour schemes and lyrically modern compositions of his acrylic paintings.

Having taught art for some 40 years, the artist stands firmly rooted in the belief that the art of our times should reflect the advancements made in the modern era and not be trapped in the moribund traditions of another period.

Pinnacle of Modern Art

12 August 2013

When it comes to Modern Art in Malaysia, there are but only a few artists who have stood the test of time since the 1960s and whose paintings show a depth of quality then and now.

Senior artist Jolly Koh, 72, may well be regarded as an enfant terrible in the local art world for his assertive personality, but among elite art collectors, he belongs to a rare category of artists who know precisely what he is doing.

Artistic High Point

6 August 2013

The collaboration between senior artist Jolly Koh and The Edge Galerie represents the common objective of showcasing works of artistic importance and which reflect the best of Malaysian art.

For The Edge Galerie, this will be the new art space’s first solo exhibition with a top artist in Malaysia. For the artist, the exhibition represents a high point of his artistic career that spans some 60 years.

Buying Malaysian Art

2 August 2013

The latest issue of Personal Money magazine examines the issue of investing in art, posing relevant questions to well-known art collectors who have spent big bucks.

“Is Art A Good Alternative Investment?” is the title of the article by Sarah Voon which examines the prudence of buying art for investment in Malaysia.

Without any sort of regulatory body to guard against fraudulent deals, points out Voon, art buyers are left to conduct their own research and to buy at their own risk – and this is the great “adventure” that is art collecting.

In Pursuit of The Nebula

29 July 2013

The Edge Galerie’s Jolly Koh solo exhibition scheduled from Aug 23-Sept 30 aim to showcase the diversity of the senior artist’s technical prowess and artistic vision that spans six decades.

Entitled Towards The Nebula, the exhibition of 35 new and recent works will chart the progression of Koh’s signature landscape compositions that culminate in his latest Nebula series inspired by the galactic realm.

As one of the leading artists still active since the 1950s, Koh, 72, is regarded as one of the important Modern Art proponents in Malaysia.

Rare appreciation

22 July 2013

In the realm of black-and-white photography, there have been a few passionate photographers who have produced marvellous images of Malaysian vignettes that are rather under-appreciated  in the art world.

The notable personalities who have made their mark include Malaysia’s fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah (1907-79), Datuk Loke Wan Tho (1915-61), and Ismail Hashim (1940-2013).

And continuing the artistic fervour are Soraya Yusoff Talismail, 45, and Eiffel Chong, 36, who represent the current talents in contemporary art photography.