Vantage point for painters

Solo show: Khoo posing in front of his works titled Two Standing (left) and Lake Lalang (right). An exhibition of his works is being held at Bellevue Hotel on Penang Hill until Feb 22.

THE figurative works of renowned Malaysian-born artist Khoo Sui Hoe are currently available for public viewing at the Bellevue Hotel on Penang Hill.

A selection of 15 oil and acrylic paintings, done from 1965 to the present day, is on display at the hotel lounge until Feb 22.

Titled ‘Khoo Sui Hoe — Recent Paintings’, it is the 55th solo show for the 75-year-old who was born in Kedah but grew up in Penang.

Since 1982, the graduate of Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts has lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the United States, but still returns to Malaysia several times a year for engagements.

“Having travelled a lot, I’m inspired by the things I see in different places.

“My style is very figurative, as I find it more appealing and relatable,” he noted in a recent press conference at patron Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat’s office in Macalister Road.

The exhibition is organised by Alpha Utara Culture Club, a revival of the former Alpha Utara Gallery that operated in China Street, George Town, from 2005 to 2012.

They plan to use the Bellevue Hotel to host shows of both local and international artists, and facilitate mutually beneficial, cross-country exchanges.

This, Khoo hopes, would help broaden the horizons of local artists, and in turn elevate the local art scene, to a higher level.

“Every country has talented artists who are eager to show their talents. We can all learn from each other, and widen our visual experience.

“Besides that, having art exhibitions also adds to the attractions of Penang Hill,” he added.

Besides Malaysia, the veteran artist has also held shows in the United States, Australia, and various countries throughout Asia. He has also participated in group shows in India, Japan, Brazil, China and the United Kingdom.

Khoo’s latest show is open from 10am to 7pm. Admission is free.

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