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Friday March 11, 2011

Artist inspired by easy life in the kampung

KENG Choon Seng is proud to announce that he is a kampung boy. In fact, the 77-year-old artist gets a lot of inspiration from scenes of his life when he was young.

“My ideas usually come from either beautiful moments during my life or things I see around me such as nature. Many of my paintings also depict the scenes and moments of kampung life,” said Keng.

Keng, was born and bred in Kedah before moving to Penang in his later life.

“As a boy, I lived in the kampung until I was 12. The scenery and nature was still beautiful with a lot of animals and plants which people in the city do not see often.

Graceful: “Three Sisters” Acrylic on Canvas.

“Many of my paintings are also inspired by my travels. When I see a moment that is interesting to me I try to take photos of it or try to remember it. That is where I get most of the ideas for my paintings. When I get an interesting memory and scene then I improvise from there,” added Keng.

Keng discovered his passion for art during his school years and after pursuing his interest in arts further, he graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1959.

“I have always had an interest in painting since my school days. In school I always took part in art competitions. After graduating, I gave lessons on art to students while I worked on my own paintings.

“During my younger years I initially explored water colour as the paint medium for my works and later I experimented with batik during the 1970s. In recent years, I have returned to acrylic as my main medium to express my ideas,” he said.

Flock together: “Happy Family”.

The subjects of his works depicts a wide range of interests including nature, animals and people.

“The title of my exhibition is called “Embracing Diversity”. This is because I try to explore different facets of life in my work. I do not stay painting a certain theme like most artists. When I get new ideas or new interests then I will start painting.

Keng is having a solo exhibition of his paintings at the City Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur until March 16.

The exhibition is open from 10.30am to 6pm and will feature 28 Acrylic on Canvas paintings by the artist.

The City Art Gallery is located at G08A, Ground Floor, The AmpWalk, No 218, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

For details, call 03-2775 3933.

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