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3Gen: A Family Affair

It’s a well-known fact that certain traits and mannerisms are passed down from one generation to the next. But what about artistic talent?

3Gen: A Family Affair is a group exhibition that showcases the works of three artists from the same family, spanning three generations. Granted their styles are quite different, one does get a sense that perhaps artistic inclinations and talents does get transmitted from one generation to the next.

The exhibition starts on Thursday, October 16 and continues its run until November 3, 2014.

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New Indonesian Artworks

This year’s Art Expo Malaysia concluded over the last weekend. If you think you recognize these pieces from the art fair, you’d be absolutely right.

Artemis Art is happy to announce that for a limited time, these Indonesian artworks will be hosted at the gallery, and will be made available for sale. Many thanks to H. Galeri from Jakarta, with whom we’re cooperating to have these works stay on in Malaysia for a while longer.

Contact us should you be interested to have a viewing, either via e-mail, or by coming by the gallery. Our contact details may be found on our Feedback page.

Syntax

That idea that humans are pattern seeking creatures is not a new one. How we make sense of what we see around us will differ from one individual to the next, and depends on many factors, such as the person’s cumulative life experiences, his or her emotional state, in other words, building blocks of a person’s internal cognitive mechanism.

The answer to the questions posed above will vary from one individual to the next, depending on how each person’s cognitive mechanism ticks.

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What does UNITY mean to you?

The Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition, a collaboration between Artemis Art and photographer Kenny Loh, is currently on at The Boulevard, Level G2 Publika Shopping Gallery, in Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

One of the interesting components of the exhibition is the Unity Wall, where visitors to the exhibition can scribble or draw their thoughts on Unity, and what it means to them. What we asked was a very simple:

The simple question we asked on the Unity Wall

The answers we got, however, were varied and ranged from insightful to funny to bizarre. Here are some examples of the responses that we got.

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DSC_0529 - Unity is a country

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For more images of what the visitors to the exhibition had to say about Unity, check out the Unity Wall album on our Facebook page. We’ll be updating the album throughout the duration of the exhibition, which runs until September 2, 2014.

If you have your own thoughts about Unity, do come by the exhibition and write them on the wall. Or, you can send a photo (JPEG or PNG please) of your thoughts put down on paper, and e-mail it to info@artemisartgallery.com.

Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition

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When photographer Kenny Loh published Born In Malaysia last year, it was a culmination of three years’ worth of work documenting what is arguably a superb chronicle of the vast cultural diversity that has made this nation the envy of many.

The attention and traction the book has received since then, however, is something even Kenny never expected. Among other recognitions, the book was one of the Anugerah Buku Negara recipients late last year, presented by Yayasan Pembangunan Buku Negara (National Book Development Foundation).

Artemis Art got to see the completed book earlier this year. We had known about Kenny Loh and his Born In Malaysia book project as early as 2012 when the gallery first started. But it was only after the book’s publication that we really saw the full impact of what Kenny had accomplished. And we saw something else, as well.

If you’ve read Born In Malaysia you’ll agree that the book succinctly captures the essence of what this nation is about. Her rich diversity has been superbly captured in the images and stories contained within the book. What we also realized was that despite this nation’s vast diversity, another important commonality emerged – a very strong sense of belonging to this great nation.

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The “Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition” is aimed at fostering greater national unity through the promotion of two key ideas. First, that Malaysia’s cultural and social diversity is not a hindrance to national unity. We believe what makes this nation great is, in fact, her very rich diversity. Secondly, it is the notion that the true basis of national unity is a strong sense of belonging.

Both ideas are superbly captured by the book, which made it the natural source material for the exhibition. We think that no other book in recent memory has done quite as good a job as Born In Malaysia has in terms of promoting national unity.

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The Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition is scheduled to run for 10 days from August 23 until September 2, at the Main Concourse (Level G2), Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. The official launch will be held at 3pm on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Joining us for the launch will be representatives of Malaysians For Malaysia (M4M), an informal group of concerned citizens that has successfully organized events aimed at bringing together Malaysians of all cultures and faiths.

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In addition to the storyboards, selected prints from the original book, plus several new images inspired by it, will be on display at Artemis Art’s pop-up gallery, located at Lot 48, adjacent to where the main exhibition will be. Two audience-interactive boards will also be set up as part of the exhibition. One is a Unity Wall, on which visitors to the exhibition can write, in their own words, what “Unity” means to them. The other will be a Photo Scrapbook Wall on which visitors are encouraged to post their own photos depicting what being Malaysian is all about. On the exhibition launch day, Canon Malaysia will be on hand to print these images for the visitors.

The launch will also be your opportunity to meet with a few individuals featured in the book, including a group of children from Tras, a village in Pahang the majority of whose residents are Temuan. They will share insights about their stories as depicted in the book, as well as share what it means for them to be a proud citizen of this nation.

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The Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition is the first collaboration between Artemis Art and Kenny Loh, aimed at fostering a collective sense of belonging to Malaysia. Our combined effort, however, doesn’t end here. Two follow-up programs are in the works and will be announced during the official launch.

This nation certainly has come a long way since achieving independence in 1957 and becoming Malaysia in 1963. While there already is national unity to a great extent, there continue to be challenges. Unity is something that needs to be embraced by all, continuously nurtured and not just officially promoted by the powers that be.

Every individual has a role to play, and the Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition is our modest contribution as a private initiative, towards the ideal of a national unity that continues to be strong, and one that becomes stronger in times to come, despite the many challenges that await us.

Celine Wong (Lihuà)

BORN: 1990 in Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia

 

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Profile Pix (from Facebook) - croppedCeline Wong, better known in the illustration world by her Chinese name Lihuà, is perhaps unique among the artists that we have worked with – she has had more of her artworks published, rather than exhibited.

In fact, one of her first artworks exhibited as part of an art exhibition was her “Index Fingers”, contributed to Artemis Art’s 50 Shades of Malaysia project in 2013. For the most part Celine’s art has been featured as magazine illustrations and fashion art.

Three of her artworks were selected to be part of SPONTANEOUS #1, the first exhibition by fledgling art collective CONJOIN, held at Publika in 2014.

What makes this young artist’s work unique is her incorporation of Chinese calligraphy, an artform she studied when she was much younger, with which he has accumulated about ten years’ worth of experience. For the art she has produced for publications, Celine usually does her artwork by hand, after which she scans them, and digitally adds finishing touches to her final works.

As an artist, Celine is fascinated by female curves and beautiful human features and gestures. Her incorporation of Chinese calligraphy techniques contributes an interesting dimension to her art, making the curves more fluid and alluring. In addition to using traditional Chinese ink in her art, watercolor also features strongly in her works.

At present, most of Celine’s works are fashion related, but based on her portfolio of works, she definitely has the potential to expand her repertoire.

Currently, Celine teaches at The One Academy in Bandar Sunway, the same institution where she studied and obtained her diploma in illustration.

 

EDUCATION

Diploma in Illustration, The One Academy

 

SELECTED EXPERIENCE

2014 CONJOIN: SPONTANEOUS #1, Artemis Art @ Lot 48 Publika, Kuala Lumpur
2013 50 Shades of Malaysia“, Artemis Art / M50 Selamat Hari Malaysia Project, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
2012 Fashion Illustration, The One Academy , Petaling Jaya
2011 TOSCA Show, TOA Gallery, The One Academy , Petaling Jaya
Graduation Showcase, White Box MAPKL, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
2010 TOSCA Show, TOA Gallery, The One Academy , Petaling Jaya

 

SELECTED PUBLISHED ARTWORKS

2013 Love Moments 2013 Wedding Showcase, Female Magazine (January 2013 issue) & Glam Magazine (January 2013 issue)
Horoscope Feature, Female Magazine (January 2013 issue)
Chopard Jewelry Collection, Prestige Malaysia (February 2013 issue)

 

SELECTED FEATURES/BIO

2014 iFeel magazine (July 2014 issue)
Feng magazine, (May 2014 issue)
One Coast magazine, (March 2014 issue)
2013 Get Personal” feature in The Star (R.AGE, May 31, 2013)
Page Number magazine Issue No. 1
Sketch a portrait of your wedding“, The Star (January 7, 2013)

 

AWARDS

2010 TOA Student Creative Awards (various awards during the year)
2009 The One Academy Student Award (Merit)
2007 MIA Nationwide Art & Design Competition (Consolation Prize)
2006 MIA Nationwide Art & Design Competition (Consolation Prize)

Skinner (T.W. Chang)

BORN: 1978 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

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Press_Photo_BW 250pxBorn T.W.Chang, Skinner is a self-taught artist who started displaying his unadulterated talent and passion in fine art even at a very young age. His philosophy is simple: that art is not to be valued but to be appreciated. He graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Computer Science and is now the Head of Multimedia & Web Design in the digital arm of a 4As advertising agency.

Thematically, Skinner’s works cover many different illustrative styles, but perhaps his most distinctive works are contained in the Dark Forest series, tremendously ornate and detailed ink and pen drawings, based on root motifs that leave many in awe after viewing them.

An important aspect of Skinner’s works is the attention to detail the artist displays, not just in the Dark Forest series, but throughout his body of works. Currently, his works are on display at the gallery as part of the Emergence group exhibition, featuring art pieces from the Dark Forest and Smoke series of works.

Skinner also produces digital art, and recently released a limited edition poster based on his “Chee Cheong Fan” characters. In addition, he continues to explore new themes and styles as he progresses with his career as an artist. 

In 2012, Skinner took part in Emergence featuring 6 of his art works, three each from the Dark Forest and Smoke series of pen and ink drawings. He participated in the 2013 Asia Hotel Art Fair (AHAF) in Hong Kong, where his new series of oil and acrylic works debuted. His works have also been featured in several festival-related installations and publications, most recently being the Neo Folk Magazine, produced in conjunction with the Neo Folk Exhibition in Singapore, part of the Singapore Art Festival held in early 2014. 

2014 has been a milestone year for Skinner. In May, he teamed up with fellow artist Art:tech in a tw0-man show entitled Dark Light & Deconstruct, where his new Deconstruct series was exhibited for the first time.

More recently he spearheaded the formation of CONJOIN, an art collective that aims to bring together artists from various visual art disciplines, with the aim of cultivating a disciplined approach towards the creation of art. CONJOIN, in its current configuration consists of four artists (including Skinner), and put together a group exhibition entitled SPONTANEOUS #1, which will have its run from July 26 to August 17, 2014.

EXPERIENCE

2014 Dark Light & Deconstruct“, Artemis Art, Kuala Lumpur (two-man show with Art:Tech)
KULT Magazine X Singapore National Library Board, Singapore National Library Board, Singapore
Featured in Neo Folk Magazine (Neo Folk Exhibition), in conjunction with Singapore Art Festival
2013 Kult X Urbanscazpes: Monsters In The Park
Participated in Art Expo Malaysia 2013 with Artemis Art
50 Shades of Malaysia“, Artemis Art / M50 Selamat Hari Malaysia Project, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Participated in the Asia Hotel Art Fair (AHAF) Hong Kong 2013, at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong
2012 Emergence” group exhibition at Artemis Art, Kuala Lumpur
mea cuppa” group exhibition at Artemis Art, Kuala Lumpur
TGIF Mural Paintings  (at the Paradigm Mall and Setia City Mall outlets)
Tiger Translate – Street Art x Musicians, Auckland, New Zealand
Participated in Art Expo Malaysia 2012 with Artemis Art
Collaboration project: GAP’s 0% Plastic campaign
2010 Illustrations for Female magazine: A Holllywood Christmas booklet (December 2012 issue)
Illustrations for Female magazine: Parfume (July 2010 issue)
Teddy & Friends Day Out for Suria KLCC
2009 Anglia Apple art project
2008 Poison” for Sole What (at Sole What, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley )
2007 Guru Guru” for Streething x Nike Windrunner x Be@rbrick Project, the Nike store at One Utama
1:M” (One to Many) Streething x Nike 25th Anniversary (25 Years of Force)
2005 Sneakers Cure” for Swapmeet by Streething

 

New: Skinner’s portfolio at Saatchi Online.

 

 

 

C.C. Kua

BORN: 1991 in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia

 

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Profile PixSome have described the works of young artist Kua Chia Chi, better known as C.C. Kua, as doodles, and not necessarily proper paintings or drawings. We disagree. Looking at her body of works, there is some level of depth to this young artist’s art. Perhaps a more apt visual description would be to call them spontaneous.

Born in Kedah, C.C. obtained her Bachelor degree in  Graphic Design and Illustration, and has since been working as a graphic designer. In 2014 she was roped in by her artist friend Skinner into CONJOIN, a fledgling collective of visual artists from various disciplines.

It is through this collective that C.C. got the opportunity to exhibit her art publicly, joining three other artists from the collective to display her works in SPONTANEOUS #1, held at Publika and supported by Artemis Art in 2014.

Among the many interests this young artist has is the decade of the 60s and Pop Art. Looking at her body of work, these interests do manifest themselves. Some Basquiat-like imagery can be discerned. Also seen are some tinges of Dadaism and what some might term as anti-art. Whether or not this is consciously done is not known, but think of her art as being honest expressions of the way C.C. sees the world around her.

I like stones as they are gray; they are neither white nor black, the ‘in-between’ creates so much possibilities in life. There is nothing absolute now in the postmodern era. To me, visual art serves as a catalyst that provokes thoughts“.

Apart from ‘spontaneous’, C.C’s art is also honest and unpretentious, as she digests and expresses what goes on within and around her. For sure, this young artist, given the opportunity to exhibit and further her artistic vision, has great potential.

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Graphic Design and Illustration, The One Academy (degree conferred by the University of Hertfordshire)

 

EXPERIENCE

2014 CONJOIN: SPONTANEOUS #1, Artemis Art @ Lot 48 Publika, Kuala Lumpur
2013 Makanlah Buah-Buahan Tempatan (MBBT)” group exhibition, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

Kancil Awards 2013 – 2 Bronze Medals and 2 Merits
3 illustration posters for iProperty Malaysia, under Creative Juice Kuala Lumpur

Nicholas Choong

BORN: 1977 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

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Nicky C-1-76_Cropped 450pxAdept at drawing at an early age, Nicholas was fortunate to have studied with several art teachers during his formative years. It was during this period he learnt the fine arts of illustration and watercolors, as well as woodcarving and batik. Also around this time, he was involved in his very first art exhibition as a youngster.

After school, Nicholas worked in several industries. As a learning process, Nick worked as a Graphic designer, Photographer, Sound engineer, Music Producer, and achieved some success as a DJ, winning some awards. This also gave him the opportunity to travel around Asia as a performer.

In late 2011, taking a backseat from music, thus having some time on his hands, he returned to art, and since then has been involved in 3 exhibitions around KL, with another two lined up for 2014.

Today, Nicholas’ works can be found in some galleries, and in the homes of private collectors from locales like London, New York, Singapore, Germany, Korea, Hong Kong & Malaysia, to name a few.

Taking cues from the great masters, Nicholas’s style can best be described as colorful & traditional, with a contemporary flair. His work borders on semi-realism (by choice), and has been revered for his work with light & shadows. His favorite subjects are landscapes & portraits, but he occasionally challenges himself with mixed media and experiments with various (sometimes rudimentary) drawing tools to create different works of art.

Presently, Nick spends his time painting abstracts, something that took him 3 years to arrive at. In this genre of work, Nick’s technique, language and expression are easily noticeable in his large washes, jagged cuts, contrast and play of colors on the canvas.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 SOLO (Studies of Loved Objects), Atelier Art Space, Petaling Jaya
2011 First solo exhibition, Epicenter Art Gallery, Petaling Jaya

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 CONJOIN: SPONTANEOUS #1, Artemis Art @ Lot 48 Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2013 Art For Grabs, 6th Kuala Lumpur Alternative Bookfest (KLAB), The Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
2012 Nostalgia , Pelita Hati Gallery of Art, Kuala Lumpur

 

Note: Text above was adapted from a profile write-up provided by the artist

Young, Different, Contemporary