ON a humid Tuesday evening, The Daily Seni team made its way to Lot 229 on Jalan Maarof. Upon arrival, we stared at the chic building exterior for a few moments. It was an initially intimidating sight but entering the pristine establishment, we were greeted with gallery manager Michael Low‘s warm smile and the aroma of fried karipap. This was a surprise: we’ve steered clear of fine art institutions because we were afraid of not knowing the scene but Michael was helpful in showing us around the space.
In any case, if you love arts and happen to be interested in its many different forms, you’d be thrilled to know that Richard Koh Fine Art is back again to spoil art lovers everywhere with another edition of Malaysian Art, A New Perspective. This latest version follows two previous installments held early 2015 in both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Malaysian Art, A New Perspective is an exhibition that aims to highlight and introduce the diverse practices evolving in Malaysian fine art over recent years. This exhibition also shines on a selection of Malaysian artists that are slowly making a name for themselves.
The exhibition features 11 esteemed local artists and their artworks which range from Abdul Mohsin bin Aminuddin’s contemporary and innovative woodcut print on paper and Chuah Shu Ruei’s intricate and fragile looking mixed media collage in a cast acrylic lightbox to Haffendi Anuar’s wooden sculpture and Gan Chin Lee’s oil on linen Three Generations series.
The best part of the entire exercise was also the knowledge that all these artworks form only the proverbial ais kacang, or the tip of the iceberg that is the Malaysian fine art scene. And after our very first trip to Richard Koh Fine Art, we daresay we’ll be back to see more of what’s in store at the gallery. We hope to see you there too because it turns out that these spaces are not as scary as it sounds and the gallery folk actually welcome viewers who want to understand and appreciate visual art.
There are few things as impressive as rocking up at a gallery and seeing works you’ve seen in catalogues and in online publications! In the meantime, have a look at some of our favourite pieces on display.
Malaysian Art, A New Perspective will run from September 6 – September 21 2016 so go and check out the exhibition while you can! For more information you can visit Richard Koh Fine Art’s website and Facebook.