ART enthusiasts relished the chance to collect pieces without burning a hole in their pockets at the inaugural Mampu Art Market at the Hin Bus Depot in Penang.
The market featured about 110 pieces varying from paintings and toys to photographs and sketches.
Prices were as low as RM50 and nothing cost more than RM2,000.
More than 30 artists put their creations on display including Lithuanian contemporary artist Ernest Zacharevic. sketch artist Ch’ng Kiah Kiean, British artist Thomas Powell and Ajim Juxta who won the Young Art Award at the Young Art Taipei fair early this year.
Ajim, 33, who is a full-time artist based in Kuala Lumpur, said this event was a way for him to give more people access to his work.
“This is my second time contri- buting art pieces to an exhibition in Penang,” said Ajim when met at the depot in Jalan Gurdwara recently.
Josephine Leong, 39, who contributed two pieces, said it was a wonderful idea to have an art market in Penang as it would allow for the growth of local artists.
“This event is a good opportunity for upcoming artists like me who do not create enough pieces for a solo exhibition.
“This art market gives me a precious window to showcase my work,” said Leong, who is a sales and marketing manager by profession.
Businessman Tan Shih Thoe, 44, who is new to the art scene, said it was easy for collectors to shop for affordable pieces all under one roof at the market.
“If I buy an expensive piece, it ties me down and I cannot consider purchasing another one,” he said.
Mampu Art Market organiser Teo Xu Jen said she came up with the idea after hearing from her artist friends that they were finding it difficult to sustain themselves.
“I want to create a buyers’ market for local art in Penang, catering to Malaysians who are new collectors,” she said.