exhibition, I have shifted the focus onto the cultural artifacts and objects
from our multicultural society in Malaysia. I have first explored the same
theme in 1992, painting only a selective range. The ingenuity of thought and
craftsmanship behind these objects evoke the brilliance of the past, compelling
me to investigate further into this subject matter, a valuable extension of my
main passion in heritage architecture and the nostalgia of street life.
In the many
years of my career, I have explored the streets of small towns, visited the
various state museums and observed the many facets of life in a community, in
search of inspiration. In the process of sketching and documenting my favourite
subject matter, I have also accumulated a pictorial archive consisting of
cultural curiosities that I have discovered, and has since been a source of
delight in my many trips across the country.
watercolour, I have depicted the delicate metalwork of traditional Malay
jewelry and ornaments in gold, silver and bronze, fine Nyonya porcelain urns,
the Chinese auspicious guardian lions in wood and stone, and the Hindu Lord of
Success, Ganesha, giving them a new lease of life. Within the scope of the theme
also includes everyday objects such as a brass kettle from Terengganu, the
carved wooden bangau (crane) on the fishing
boats, carved bird cages and traps that are practical yet beautiful and the
coconut scraper with an unusual form.
are borne out of the merging of supreme artisan skills and the arts. Their
existence and preservation gives meaning to the way we lead our lives today.
But most of all it best represents the beauty and aesthetics in everyday life
of each individual ethnic group present in our society.