Exhibition presents artworks of female artists in conjunction with Women’s Day

More than just a pretty picture: Liew chose to paint peacocks for ‘Beautiful World 1’ to remind people of the beautiful world we live in.

AN ART exhibition centred on artworks by female artists gives viewers a chance to appreciate the creativity of women in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

City Art Gallery owner Mary Tang said the ‘Through Her Eyes’ exhibition aimed to give recognition to female local artists from different backgrounds.

“The 38 artworks from 38 artists display meticulous works from women. Some will give a very peaceful and serene vibe.

“This reflects the inner beauty, inner peace and elegance of female artists,” she said.

She said works using different mediums, including oil paints, watercolour, Chinese ink and acrylic painting, can be found at the exhibition.

“The most expensive artwork is going for RM28,000,” she said.

Expect big names such as Tan Pek Cheng, Aminah Abd Rahman, Shirley Chu Siow Eng and Sharifah Zuriah Aljeffri.

Sharifah, 76, said she painted Gunung Senyum Pahang, which is featured at the exhibition, because she was attracted to the waterfall that she saw through pictures.

“I am fascinated by its lines and sends out a message to protect it and not destroy it,” said the nature-lover.

She said her paintings were mostly centred around nature to remind people of the beauty of it.

Women of song: Tan Pek Cheng’s ‘Musician’.
Women of song: Tan Pek Cheng’s ‘Musician’. 

“Greed towards development can cause people not to be conscious of the destruction it entails until it is too late,” she said.

Sharifah said she only started painting in her 30s and dived into Chinese brush painting as a hobby.

“The brush takes me on a journey and I am lost in it. The brush is the one doing the work,” she said when describing her painting process.

She said she loved experimenting with different mediums with her Chinese brushes such as watercolour, charcoal and acrylic paint.

“I can’t get away from my Chinese brush,” she said.

Sharifah said her signature paintings were focused on lotuses.

“It is a symbol of peace and purity. Something so beautiful that grows from dirty water.

“It means we can rise above unpleasant environments,” she said.

Mesmerised: A visitor looking at paintings featured at the ‘Through Her Eyes’ Art Exhibition.
Mesmerised: A visitor looking at paintings featured at the ‘Through Her Eyes’ Art Exhibition.

Another artist, Terrie Liew, 48, who likes Chinese ink painting, said her painting of two peacocks displayed at the exhibition was the first in a series called “Beautiful World”.

“I chose peacocks as they are beautiful creatures and to remind people that we live in a beautiful word,” she said.

Liew said it took her about two to three weeks to complete it.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun was present to launch the exhibition, which ends tomorrow.

Opening hours are from 11am to 6pm.

The gallery is located at G08A, Ground Floor, The AmpWalk, No. 218, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

For details, call 03- 2775 3933 or 012-299 8641.

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