Chong Siew Ying (b. 1969, Kuala Lumpur) is a painter whose practice is grounded in both Eastern and Western painterly sensibilities. Although well known for her dynamic gestural brush strokes and expressive compositions, she continues to develop new techniques and approaches to subject matter in order to explore painting as a distinct form of visual poetry. She pursued her studies in Fine Art at the École des Beaux-arts de Versailles and later at the Parisian printmaking centre, Atelier63. Her career has spanned a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Asia, as well as across Europe and the USA. 


Her previous solo exhibitions include: Crying with Trees, The Edge Galerie, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2014); New Works by Chong Siew Ying, Valentine Willie Fine Art @ ART HK12, Hong Kong (2012); and Infinity, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore (2011). Chong has also participated in numerous group shows in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and the USA. Her group shows include: Dream Figure, One East Asia @ START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2017); One Belt One Road Visual Arts Exhibition, Sotheby's Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2016); PANORAMA: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2012); Asian Artist Residency Program Exhibition, Gwangju Cultural Foundation, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); and Kembara Jiwa: Conception in Reconciliation, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2012).




Gan Sze Hooi (b. 1977, Kuala Lumpur) is a visual artist who uses mixed media, drawing, and oil painting to explore narratives touching on the perceptions of culture, nature, history, and society that emerge from the development of post-colonialism. His works also explore the shifting landscape of his hometown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He obtained his Diploma in Visual Art at the Central Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur.


Apart from his solo exhibition, Revelation of Jalan Sultan, Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2014), Gan has also participated in group shows such as: Filling the Void: A Conversation between Man and Space, G13 Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2018); Art Aids Charity Show, White Box, MAP @ Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2017); The Past Is Never Where You Think You Left It, Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2016); and Kuala Lumpur 7th Triennial: Barricade, White Box, MAP @ Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013).




Jalaini Abu Hassan (b. 1963, Selangor) is a contemporary artist whose works are inspired by current events, expressed in local and familiar imagery and focused through his personal lens of nostalgia and history. Educated at MARA Institute of Technology (now UiTM), where he obtained his bachelor’s degree, he continued his education at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and Pratt Institute in New York, where he obtained his Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts respectively. Acclaimed at home and internationally, he has held solo exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the USA. 


His previous solo exhibitions include: Siang & Malam — The Landscape in Mind, The Edge Galerie, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2016); Picturing Painting, Segaris Art Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2015); Painting Industry, Equator Art Projects, Singapore (2015); Dato’ Rock, Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2014); Bingkai Berangkai, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012); Lines of Thought 1992-2011: Drawings by Jalaini Abu Hassan, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011); and Bangsawan Kebangsaan, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, USA (2011). He has also participated in numerous group shows such as: Stoned in Paris, Cult Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2018); ARTJOG, Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2018); Bintang 5, Segaris Art Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2017); At the Still Point, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2016); and Paper Trails: Southeast Asian Works on Paper, Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2016).




Kow Leong Kiang (b. 1970, Selangor) firmly established his place in Malaysia's art scene when he became the Grand Prize Winner of the Philip Morris Asean Art Awards in 1998. His talent received further recognition in 2004 when Kow was awarded the Asian Artist Fellowship by the 11th Annual Freeman Foundation, and completed his artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA. Kow’s interests lie in his Malaysian cultural roots and traditional ways of life. He paints rural subjects in Malaysia’s northeastern state of Terengganu, a location that Kow continues to work from today. Kow graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1991.


His previous solo exhibitions include: Kow Leong Kiang, G13 Gallery @ Art Formosa, Taipei, Taiwan (2017); Intimate Collisions, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010); Jogja Constellation, Tembi Contemporary, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2009); and Other People, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007). He has also participated in numerous group shows such as: (Im)Possibilities, Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2017); G13 Gallery @ Art Busan, Korea (2016); Being Human – Figuratism of Sixteen Malaysian Painters, Whitebox, MAP @ Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2015); and Monumental: Painting from Southeast Asia, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012).




Minstrel Kuik (b. 1976, Perak) is an award-winning artist, whose multidisciplinary approach explores a wide range of media including photography, drawing, writing, installation, objects, and artist publications. Her work examines daily tensions coming from women's intersectional experiences with inter/nationalism, identity politics, and different social interests. Kuik traces her art practice as a historical trajectory where personal mutation through the process of reading, thinking, making, and revisiting is reflective and transformative. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in Western Painting at the National Taiwan Normal University and her Master of Fine Arts in Photography at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles, France. She has won numerous awards such as the Overseas Photographer Award at the 2013 Higashikawa International Photo Festival, Japan and the 2014 UOB Painting of the Year Competition, Malaysia.


Her previous solo exhibitions include: Old Wave Brings Empty Shells, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia (2018); P for Place, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong (2017); After-image: Living With the Ghosts in My House, Wei-ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2016); After-image: the One, the Many and the Unrepresentative, Run Amok Gallery, Penang, Malaysia (2015); A Kneeling Posture, Run Amok Gallery @ Art Stage, Singapore (2015); and Does It Burn?, T’cha Gallery, Paris, France (2003). Kuik’s group shows include: Richard Koh Fine Art @ Art Stage, Singapore (2018); Imagined Communities, Nationalism & Violence, Rubber Factory, New York, USA (2017); Where Does the Future Get Made?, Lishui Photography Festival, Lishui, China (2017); On Attachments and Unknowns, Sa Sa Bassac, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2017); Pause, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand (2015); and Family Snaps: Photography in Southeast Asia, Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014).




Nirmala Dutt (1941 - 2016) may be called the conscience of our times. She was one of the few prominent women artists to have emerged in the 1970s. Her practice spanned documentary photography, painting, silkscreen, collage, and public art. Nirmala studied drawing and painting at the Boston College of Art and printmaking at Goldsmiths. She also completed a Masters of Philosophy at University College London. Nirmala's biggest goal in art was to direct our attention towards the plight of the downtrodden. Her work has been collected by the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan; Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia; Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Salomon Brothers, Hong Kong. 


Her previous solo exhibitions include: Great Leap Forward, OUR ArtProjects, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2017); Nirmala Dutt: The London Years, Fergana Art, Penang, Malaysia (2015); The Making of an Artist as Social Commentator, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1995); and The Condition of Being, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1981). Nirmala Dutt has also participated internationally in group shows such as: Modernity and Beyond: Themes in Southeast Asian Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (1996); Art and the Social Context, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1991); Contemporary Art from Islamic Countries, Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom (1989); and 3rd Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan (1989).

 
 
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