PASIR GUDANG: Tong Yong Chuan sees a canvas as the best platform to express his thoughts and views on issues that surround him. He uses the medium to share this with others too.
The 16-year-old student from SMK Datuk Penggawa Timur said all his passion and soul are drawn into his paintings as he believes that just like a photo, “a painting also speaks a thousand words”.
“Unlike photography where we use cameras to capture images, painters have more freedom to express their thoughts through various colours and techniques,” he said.
Tong was among 500 students from 30 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools here who took part in a six-day “Our Art Exhibition” event at SJK(C) Chee Tong, between Jan 16 and Jan 22.
Tong said of his 10 artworks showcased at the exhibition, he was proud of his latest painting of Mona Lisa, which took him about one-and-a-half months to finish.
“My parents sent me to painting classes when I was seven as they realised my strong interest and passion in art. I still attend art class once a week,” he said.
Tong said he decided to challenge himself by trying to portray his perspective on Mona Lisa by painting thesubject “differently” instead of copying the original work by renowned artist Leonardo Da Vincci.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun who launched the exhibition, said skills in painting would help in the development of children.
“Appreciation for works of art and design is also an important element to build a more forward-thinking society,” she said.
The event was jointly organised by Sincere Art Studio, Pasir Gudang MCA Wanita Division and SJK(C) Chee Tong. It also showcased works by disabled people.