The rooster takes centre stage at gallery

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  • Thursday, 12 Jan 2017

The shape and form of the Rooster can be painted in various ways when using Chinese ink, as seen in this painting.

WHAT better way to welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster than with art?

From now until Jan 15, Younie Gallery at The Scott Garden will be showcasing the paintings of 31 artists, including three local Chinese ink painting masters.

The three masters – Yap Hong Ngee, Puah Kim Hai and Chong Buck Tee – helped to guide the fledgling artists as they worked on getting their paintings ready for the exhibition.

Although the theme was fixed, the artists were allowed free rein in their interpretation of the animal.

“The rooster is a good subject for Chinese painting. The call of the rooster during sunrise represents a sense of livelihood to humans, and we want to take this meaning into Chinese paintings,” said Malaysian Contemporary Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Association president Dr Foo Yong Kong.

According to him, the rooster is an animal that was easy to paint due to its simple shape and form.

Chinese Ink Painting Master Yap Hong Ngee giving a demonstration on painting with Chinese Ink during the opening ceremony of the art exhibition at Younie Gallery,
Yap giving a Chinese ink painting demonstration at the exhibition's opening.

“You can paint the rooster in various ways and styles to depict different meanings.

“Some of the paintings at the exhibition depict a rooster with his family, and some depict the rooster as a strong, dominant male by using red as the main colour of the painting,” said Foo, who has a doctorate in fine arts.

Younie Auction Sdn Bhd managing director Younie Wong stressed that the rooster was a bringer of hope.

“This exhibition is a way of bestowing good luck on the people for the upcoming Chinese New Year.

“The rooster is a very presentable animal, compared to some of the other zodiac animals,” said Wong.

Not only does the exhibition highlight the good qualities of the rooster, it also serves as a platform to educate the public on the benefits of investing in art, said Foo.

Artist Puah Kim Hai makes his white rooster the centre of attention against a coloured background.
Artist Puah Kim Hai makes his white rooster the centre of attention against a coloured background.

“An investment in art is almost similar to an investment in property. Compared to investing in property, investing in an art collection is not as expensive.

“You can purchase an artwork based on your financial standing, and the value will not be affected by the state of the economy,” he opined.

Foo added that the exhibition was also an opportunity for artists to promote their work.

“These artists are part-timers who are mentoring under the three Chinese ink painting masters. With their artwork being showcased, they will feel encouraged to pursue a career in painting and to produce more artwork,” he said.

The collection of work by the 31 artists are all available for purchase, with prices ranging from RM600 to RM38,000.

Yap said it took him years to practise the methods and concepts in Chinese ink painting.

Yap (second from left) describing the finer details of his artwork to (from left) Foo, Puah and Wong. — Photos: Art Chen / The Star
Yap (second from left) describing the finer details of his artwork to (from left) Foo, Puah and Wong. — Photos: Art Chen / The Star

“I started painting when I was 15, and now I am 73.

“Chinese painting is a wonderful way of bringing together people from different backgrounds,” he said.

The exhibition is organised by Malaysian Lingnan Art Society and Selangor and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Shui-Mo Art Society.

It is open to the public.

The gallery is open from 11am to 6.30pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 11am to 3pm on Sundays. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Younie Gallery is located at Lot 2-05, Scott Garden, 289 Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur.

For details, call 03-7984 7388 or visit

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