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TAKING a break from routine and doing voluntary work in the forest has enriched the art of Yap Kim Boon.
Yap had allowed himself to slow down after his last solo exhibition two years ago. He spent time doing voluntary service among indigenous communities in Sarawak with his church members.
“I’ve always loved the forest, which has been a rich source of inspiration over the past 12 years. I used to spend hours sketching amidst the greenery until I realised it had become less safe to wander alone following the rise in crime.
“Last year, I went into the forest again but unlike before, I did not do so to look for inspiration or to discover anything. I was there with my peers to help the locals,” he said.
The experience has left a strong impression on Yap.
“In the past, the forest was a beautiful and tranquil place associated with nature but now, I see humanity in the forest.
“The indigenous people live in, interact with and rely on the forest. Their poverty is unimaginable to most of us, and the forest is the place they fall back on,” he said.
Yap said his eyes were finally opened to the dire need of the underprivileged and his heart was overwhelmed with gratitude for what he had been blessed with.
Painting with a deep sense of gratitude as well as a will to help others has made his works more liberal and spirited.
He has organised an exhibition called “A Stroll Through Nature”, comprising 22 new pieces painted between January last year and July this year.
The opulence of the forest and the beauty and grace of bougainvillea and heliconia — enhanced by the artist’s imagination — are immortalised in the oil-on-canvas pieces.
Yap’s works also appear three-dimensional thanks to his generous use of colour. He has also experimented with colour-blending, subtle strokes and light bubbles to add life to the subjects, and it looks like there is rhythm in each piece.
The exhibition will run until Sept 22 at 2, Jalan Sierra Ukay 4, Taman Sierra Ukay Perdana, Ampang.
The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm (Monday to Friday), 10.30am to 5pm (Saturday) and by appointment on Sunday. For details, call 012-357 3098.
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