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Dr. Caryn Koh

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Formal name: Koh Hooi San

Born 1987 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Caryn Koh is a qualified medical doctor who gave up a career in medicine to rediscover her her passion in visual art. She obtained her Diploma in Fine Art from Dasein Art Academy, and is part of the loose collective Titikmerah, based in Publika, Kuala Lumpur.

What intrigues Caryn is what she calls the “human mould”, the physique plus mental and psychological make-up of individuals. Within this construct, she believes the various human interconnections, be they by blood or otherwise, creates another dynamic to our being.

She is most well-known for her Sekolah (School) Series of illustrations in pen and color pencil, the national school uniform a metaphor for the limitations set upon us by others. These have been drawn in various situations based on Caryn’s own personal experiences, or thoughts at the moment on current affairs that resonate with her.

In terms of artwork mediums and formats, Caryn is one who isn’t afraid to experiment. Her body of work up to now has covered various forms, from drawings to large scale murals, installations, audio and video-based art. 

 

Education

Diploma in Fine Art, Dasein Art Academy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Awards

2017

Outstanding Achievement Award in Fine Art, Dasein Art Academy
Shortlist, UOB Painting of the Year Award, Emerging Artist 

2016

2nd Place, Tanjong Heritage Competition (Printmaking)
Shortlisted, Nando’s Art Initiative 2016 – “Your Art, Your Story”

Group Exhibitions

2018

Masks and Stories, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
RRRAWRRR – Maybank Emerging Women’s Artist Exhibition, Balai Seni Maybank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Softones, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Collection Exhibition, Space2Create, Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Catharsis, University Malaya Gallery, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

2017

Lakes International Festival, Coach House, Ford Park, Ulverston, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Asia Illustrations Collection, Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Space of Time International Women’s Exchange Exhibition, Georgetown Festival, Whiteaways Acade, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Primer for A Language, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Collective Individuals II, Urbanscapes House, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Collective Individuals, Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, Georgetown, Penang
Unsung Heroines, Black Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mampu Art Market II, ChinaHouse, Georgetown, Penang
XS, Galeri Titikmerah Gallery, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2016

ONExONE II, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Mapfest Mural Exhibition, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Futurama, Damansara Performing Arts Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Mampu Art Market, Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Shell’s 125th Anniversary Mural Exhibition, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
#EhWauBulan Red Bull Art Showcase, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Your Art, Your Story’ Nando’s Art Initiative 2016, Publika, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
GAUL Collaborative Group Exhibition, Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, Georgetown, Penang
Anonymous Art, Lostgens Contemporary Art Space, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2015

ONExONE, Galeri Titikmerah, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
International Women’s Day Group Exhibition, Suria Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The End’, 321 Studios, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Young Women Making Change (YWMC) Exhibition, ASEAN People’s Forum, Wisma Malaysian Chinese Association, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
BeMyProtector’ Human Trafficking Exhibition, around Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley, Malaysia
Secret Crack, Hin Bus Art Depot Centre, Penang, Malaysia
Potluck, Thursdvys Café, Taman Tun Datuk Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Secret Hub, Impact Hub, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Coffee Art Fringe Festival Asia Exhibition (CAFFA), White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Commissions & Public Art Projects

2017

Illustrator for Micromalaysians, Buku Fixi Publications, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Instructor for Oil Painting, Artesque My, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mural Painting for Riding Colors Project, Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Bacalod, Negros, Philippines
Mural Painting, Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, Georgetown, Penang
Mural Painting for Sunway’s Clean Air Campaign, Sunway Pyramid, Subang Jaya, Selangor

2016

Illustration Backdrop for Fulbright ETA Program, Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE), National Library Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Instructor for Charcoal Drawing Workshop, Lorem Ipsum Cafe, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mural Painting Collaboration with IM4U, Shelter Home, OUG, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Art For Grabs in Collaboration with KL Alternative Book Fest, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mural Painting ART4U IM4U Launch Day, Puchong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Live Painting for Red Bull Art Initiative, Dasein Art Academy, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Shell 125th Anniversary Art Initiative Mural Painting, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2015

MH370 Tribute Collaboration Live Painting with artists Sliz, Aleff Ahmad, Alena Murang, 321 Studios, Art Row, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chocolate Design for Senimankakao, Taman Tun Datuk Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Art For Grabs in collaboration with Sisters In Islam, Malaysia Day, School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Post-It Art Initiative Installation, Teach for Malaysia, Blue Bridge, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2014

Installation Art and Murals collaboration with Biji-Biji Initiative, Festival Belia Putrajaya, Malaysia
Mural Painting for Biji-Biji Initiative Workshop, Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Riding Colors Orphanage Mural Painting Project (with Spanish artist Adrian Torres), United Learning Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mural Painting 1Malaysia 4 Youth (IM4U) National Art Movement, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

In The Media

2018

Dr. Artist – Kwong Wah, April 8 2018
Luah isu wanita dalam karya lukisan (by Rozdan Mazalan) – Berita Harian, March 12 2018

2017

From Kuala Lumpur to Dalton (by David Crossley) – Ulverston Now, December 2017 
Connections Between Making and Reading Art (by Terence Toh) – The Star (Star 2 section), September 12 2017
Down to a Fine Art (by Yee Jie Min) – The Sun Daily, March 15 2017
Colors of Life Through Art Expressions (by Kyra Alegira) – Newstream Asia, February 13 2017
Art of Healing – The Star, January 8 2017

2016

Fueling The Pioneering Spirit (by Zuliantie Dzul) – New Straits Times, September 10 2016
Oh, for the love of art (by Sarah NH Vogeler) – New Straits Times, September 11 2016
Malaysia In Murals (by Tan Ai Yeng) – The Star, August 16 2016
Happy Birthday Shell – The Sun Daily, August 8 2016
Shopping Gallery’s Annual Fest – The Star, March 31 2016
Artisinal single origin chocolates.. Made in Malaysia! (by Kenny Mah) – The Malay Mail Online, January 17 2016

2015

Art for Grabs and Sisters in Islam: An art bazaar that helps to give voice to women (by Lydia Koh) – The Malay Mail Online, September 9 2015
Exhibition an effort to bring together street and academic art (by Yvonne T. Nathan) – The Star, March 20 2015
Mall Honours eight inpisring women – The Star, March 13 2015

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