Capturing the sentiments of an era through art

  • Arts
  • Saturday, 27 Sep 2014

Veteran artist Long Thien Shih is the focus of the career-spanning 'Long Thien Shih: Man Of The Times' exhibition at the National Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. The show ends on Oct 26.

Long Thien Shih’s career retrospective Man Of The Times is a celebration of history, art and humanity.

Long Thien Shih is certainly a man who has seen it all.

From the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and the ideological conflicts of the 1980s, all the way to the global and technological developments of today, the 68-year-old artist has lived through some of the most exciting periods of history.

One needs to only look at many of the artistic works Long has created to confirm this.

“They say my works tend to capture the sentiment of an era. And that’s why my curator, Tan Sei Hon, said it was perfect to call it Man Of The Times,” says Long with a laugh during a recent interview in Kuala Lumpur. He was welcoming figure, often guiding visitors through his work, at this exhibition now on at National Visual Arts Gallery.

As comprehensive as they come, the Man Of The Times retrospective features 88 works from Long, one of the most prominent artists in Malaysia.

Long Thien Shih’s How Many More Will It Take?, watercolour, 2011.

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