Giving focus to local artworks


Lending their support: (From left) Expo Malaysia Sdn Bhd founder Datuk Vincent Sim Tiak Choo, Chap, Oon, Chew, Yeoh and Ng at the opening ceremony of the gallery.

PAINTINGS from 21 local artists are now on display at the recently opened Jeth Art Gallery in Selangor Complex in Jalan Sultan.

The more than 30 pieces of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas on display can be viewed from 11am to 6pm daily until Jan 15.

After Jan 15, the gallery will put up new paintings by other artists.

Among some of the local artists featured are Zulkifli Yusoff, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Kelvin Chap, Ng Hon Loong and Chia Hoy Sai.

“We focus more on local artists as we want to promote the works of local artists and help them out,” said gallery art director Dr Y.S. Yeoh.

Yeoh, who is also the owner of the gallery, added that all paintings in her gallery were for sale to the public.

Telling his story: Chap (left) talking about his mixed-media painting titled Borneo Bloody Roots (Bernafas) to Datin Ho Choy Meng, one of the visitors at the newly opened Jeth Art Gallery,
Telling his story: Chap (left) talking about his mixed-media painting titled Borneo Bloody Roots (Bernafas!) to Datin Ho Choy Meng, one of the visitors at the newly opened Jeth Art Gallery,

“I love collecting art and almost all of the paintings here were chosen and selected by me,” she said, adding that she and her husband Hiew Yee Choy opened their first art gallery on Jan 1 this year.

“Local artists who want to sell their paintings here are welcome to see us. We accept mostly oil and acrylic paintings on canvas,” she said.

For Chinese New Year next month, Jeth Art Gallery will feature Chinese Calligraphy ink paintings by local artists.

All artworks on display from Feb 1 onwards will be done by calligraphy ink with a Chinese New Year theme.

During the opening of the gallery, the couple also put up a painting for auction, with all proceeds to be channelled towards flood victims in the east coast states.

From the auction, a painting by local artist Awang Damit Ahmad was sold for RM10,000.

Yeoh said the money would be used to buy food for those affected by the floods.

Bright and bold: A mixed-media painting titled ‘Marista’ by Awang Damit at the Jeth Art Gallery.
Bright and bold: A mixed-media painting titled ‘Marista’ by Awang Damit at the Jeth Art Gallery.

Also present at the opening ceremony were Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and Masterpiece Auction House executive director Datuk Oon Pheng Khoon.

“This gallery may look small but when I took a look around, I love all the paintings as they are very easy on the eyes and suitable for home displays,” said Oon.

Chew agreed with him, saying that she was happy and proud that Malaysia’s art scene was growing and more local artists were being featured and recognised.

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