Spotlight on Asian artworks


1 Mahadzir (right) speaking to a group of Myanmar artists at the launch of Art Asia 2015 at the Chinwoo Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. 2 Malaysian artist Abdul Hanan Dalail, 71, draws inspiration from the forests of Johor for his series of paintings displayed at the exhibition. 3 A series of vibrant paintings by Norlisham Selamat. 4 A collection of paintings by Myanmar artists on display.

WITH more than 300 paintings and artworks, the second Art Asia 2015 Expo was a resounding success.

Comprising a variety of works from local and international artists, the event was the second installation organised by Younie Gallery and held at the Chinwoo Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

The exhibition was aimed at promoting Asian artworks to local and international buyers and collectors.

Younie Gallery founder and Art Asia 2015 chairman Younie Wong said these types of event went a long way in making Kuala Lumpur a cultural and art hub.

Malaysian artist Abdul Hanan Dalail, 71, draws inspiration from the forests of Johor for his series of paintings displayed at Art Asia 2015.

(Malaysian artist abdul Hanan Dalail, 71, draws inspiration from the forests of Johor for his series of paintings displayed at the exhibition.)

“We are pleased there are more participants in this year’s exhibition.

“With artists from China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, this is our biggest turnout yet,” she said.

There was also an auction of 50 Malaysian artworks.

Myanmar artist Min Yin Thant, 38, said it was an eye-opening experience.

“It is good to see a lot of interest in art, especially Asian artworks. It is not often that we are able to showcase our works in Malaysia,” he said.

This year, a contingent of six Myanmar artists showcased at Art Asia 2015.

Malaysian artist Abdul Hanan Dalail, 71, presented a series of paintings inspired by the Johor National Forest.

A series of vibrant painting by Norlisham Selamat.

(A series of vibrant paintings by Norlisham Selamat.)

“With all these skyscrapers that exist, I wanted to bring people back to nature. I belive images of forests and waterfalls are a great stress reliever,” he said.

Art Asia 2015 was officially launched by National Visual Arts Development Board chairman Datuk Mahadzir Lokman.

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