Kuala Lumpur-born Wong Perng Fey, an experimental and versatile painter, is always suited up for the studio. His new abstract works are informed by his experience of living in Beijing.
Beijing-based Malaysian artist Wong Perng Fey’s new show is a richly layered lyrical script of urban life.
Equilibrium, an abstract art exhibition by Beijing-based Malaysian artist Wong Perng Fey, explores surfaces, balances and layers.
It is said that the hardest part of doing anything is beginning. A new project always needs a solid start.
As it turns out, even veteran artists such as Wong Perng Fey feel trepidation when beginning new pieces of work.
In a recent interview, the artist shared how the initial stages of creating art were the most challenging for him.
“For me, it’s looking into a blank canvas, before the initial move to start a new painting. The white plain surface is very nice and also imposing, because it is so perfect ... as if I am staring into the unknown,” explains Wong, 40, about the feeling of worry when he hits the studio.
“The emotion (I feel) is a mixture of fear and stress. Am I about to destroy the beautiful white space? What if this particular work isn’t up to my expectation?” he adds.
“So, with this hope, tension and anticipation, I step forward and that’s why my next painting will always be the most challenging one to make.”
Despite the pre-show worries, Equilibrium, Wong’s latest solo exhibition, is bound to put him in a better frame of mind.
It will open at the Richard Koh Fine Art, Bangsar Village in Kuala Lumpur this Tuesday and will showcase many of his most recent abstract paintings. The exhibition will be curated by Shanghai-based Ronald Kiwitt. Part of this exhibition series will also be launched at Art Seasons Gallery in Beijing late next week.