ERYN

Born 1983 in Kedah, Malaysia

 

erynERYN uses a combination of pen and ink drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting and papercutting techniques to create meticulously detailed compositions filled with strange creatures in an otherworldly setting. Her art deals primarily with themes of introversion and self-discovery, reflecting on the experiences and interactions she has in her daily life.

ERYN employs storytelling as a way to externalize what is intrinsically an internal process. She is inspired by narratives from classical and contemporary sources. These can be in the form of literature or the way a story unfolds in a video game, or even a story told through song, movie and animation. Myths and legends from around the world to stories in the gothic horror, science fiction and fantasy genres are absorbed and turned into new narratives that relate to the artist’s experience on a personal level. These narratives are enacted by imaginary creatures and sometimes human forms in surreal landscapes and spaces. The use of imaginary beings helps to convey abstract concepts such as logic, anger, confusion, clarity, love and belief. For example the ‘Tree of Life’ theme makes use of the imagery of a tree in a vessel to represent a healthy thought process from the growth of the tree to its flowering branches. It alludes to how our thoughts operate and how each train of thought originates from a seed that we planted in our mind.

Growing up in Brunei has imparted ERYN with a deep appreciation of the natural world. The themes of introversion plays out in imaginary landscapes inspired by lush tropical rainforests, the frozen arctic plains, and even the dry unforgiving desert. Each landscape is shaped by thoughts and emotions in ERYN’s mind and the process is at once aware yet unconscious. These landscapes are also removed from the mundane laws of physics, gravity, and proportion. Through this the artist creates a dreamlike quality in order to bring the viewer into an inner space to experience both the mysterious and the extraordinary.

ERYN employs storytelling as a way to externalize what is intrinsically an internal process. She is inspired by narratives from classical and contemporary sources. These can be in the form of literature or the way a story unfolds in a video game, or even a story told through song, movie and animation. Myths and legends from around the world to stories in the gothic horror, science fiction and fantasy genres are absorbed and turned into new narratives that relate to the artist’s experience on a personal level. These narratives are enacted by imaginary creatures and sometimes human forms in surreal landscapes and spaces. The use of imaginary beings helps to convey abstract concepts such as logic, anger, confusion, clarity, love and belief. For example the ‘Tree of Life’ theme makes use of the imagery of a tree in a vessel to represent a healthy thought process from the growth of the tree to its flowering branches. It alludes to how our thoughts operate and how each train of thought originates from a seed that we planted in our mind.

- Winnie Cheng, on her artist alter ego ERYN

Education

Master of Arts in Art by Research, University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam (Thesis: Discovering Bruneian Painting Style from 1970 to 2010)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction), University of Toronto, Canada

Diploma of Studio Arts, Sheridan College School of Animation, Arts and Design, Canada

Awards

2015

Winner, Emerging Artist Gold Award, UOB Painting of the Year Competition 2015

2012

Graduate Research Scholarship from the University of Brunei Darussalam

2011

Graduate Research Scholarship from the University of Brunei Darussalam

2010

Graduate Research Scholarship from the University of Brunei Darussalam

2005

Adobe Award for Excellence in Digital Imaging, University of Toronto
Past & Present Award, University of Toronto
School of Animation, Arts & Design Award in Studio Work, University of Toronto

2003

D.L. Stevenson & Son Award in Painting, University of Toronto
School of Animation, Arts & Design Award in Studio Work, University of Toronto

Group Exhibitions

2016

Red Bull Eh Wau Bulan Showcase, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia in the Year 2057, Minut Init Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mampu Art Market, Hin Bus Depot, Penang, Malaysia
VICE VERSA, Artemis Art @ Galeri Rumah Jati, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Young Art Taipei 2016, Sheraton Grande, Taipei, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)
AMPLIFY: Faber-Castell Malaysia Art Exhibition, Mid Valley Megamall & Artemis Art (Publika), Kuala Lumpur
EQUILIBRIO, White Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur (presented by Artemis Art)

2015

AB+C Art Exhibition and Charity Auction (In-Between Arts Festival), ChinaHouse, George Town, Penang
Elusive (a group exhibition by MEKAR), Black Box, [email protected], Kuala Lumpur
UOB Painting of the Year Competition 2015 Malaysia Award Exhibition, Henry Butcher Curate, SENI Mont’ Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Known x Unknown: sembilan Art Residency Season 2 Exhibition, Aku Café & Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Femmes Plurielles, Alliance Francaise de Penang and Women Center for Change (WCC), The Star Pitt St., Penang, Malaysia

2014

Hitam Putih – Penang Art Open Competition, Penang State Museum Board, Penang Art Museum, George Town, Penang
Love, Compassion, Galeri Art Point, George Town, Penang
Identity Exhibition, Kaleidoscope Studio, Brunei Darussalam
Expression Exhibition, Kaleidoscope Studio, Brunei Darussalam

2013

Brunei Telephone Directory Cover Design Competition Shortlist, TELBRU, Brunei Darussalam
Radisson Art Showcase, Radisson Hotel, Brunei Darussalam

2012

Love Cats, Rainforest Gallery (with Care & Actions for Strays), Brunei Darussalam

2011

Rainforest Gallery Bazaar, Rainforest Gallery, Brunei Darussalam

2010

The Dancer’s Palette, Rainforest Gallery, Brunei Darussalam

2008

Child Survival (an exhibition by UNICEF), Sheraton Utama Hotel, Brunei Darussalam
Art to Heart Exhibition, Brunei Museum Art Gallery, Brunei Darussalam
Pameran Lukisan Sempena Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia, The Empire Hotel, Brunei Darussalam

2005

In-Feed, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Canada
Erindale Theater Exhibition, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada

2004

Digital Imaging Mural, Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada
Open House, Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada

2003

Bookmark Project, Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Ward Mural, Toronto, Canada
Open House, Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada

Residency Experience

2016

Hotel Penaga Art Residency by Rimbun Dahan, Hotel Penaga, George Town, Penang

2015

Artist-in-Residence: sembilan Art Residency Program, sembilan Studio, Seremban, Malaysia

Other Activities of Note

2015

Live Doodling Artists event (part of the In-Between Arts Festival), China House, Penang, Malaysia

2014

Transformations (one day artist workshop), [email protected] Annexe, E&O Hotel, George Town, Penang
Merging Inks Collaborative Art Event (organized by We are Artists during the George Town Festival), George Town, Penang

In The Media

2016

  • Malaysian Artists You Have To Follow Throughout INKTOBER 2016, EKSENTRIKA.com, October 5 2016 

2015

  • Studio Seni Seremban: Art Talk with ERYN of Timeless Realm, via YouTube, August 6 2015

2014

  • Get to know Winnie, the artist behind Timeless Realm, ProjekBrunei.com, June 29 2014

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