THE Penang Oil Painting Society’s (POPS) 17th annual exhibition is captivating visitors at the Penang State Art Gallery in Dewan Sri Pinang.
Themed ‘Beauty of Nature’, the show features a total of 62 art pieces from 28 talented members of the society.
Among the notable art works is the society president Woo Seng Non’s heartwarming piece entitled ‘Wow! Sweetie III’.
The painting features a bunch of the tropical fruit rambutan which looked very real.
The 78-year-old veteran painter’s forte includes humans and scenery.
“Last year, another of my rambutan paintings, which was exhibited at the Art Expo Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, caught the eye of the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
“He was impressed by how real the rambutans in my painting looked,” said Woo, who started drawing when he was 10 years old.
Also on display at the exhibition is society committee member Hunny Ooi’s painting called ‘Abundance of Happiness’. It showed a boy eating an apple under a tree.
“Happiness is so easy for children. Even eating an apple makes them happy,” she said.
Berapit assemblyman Heng Lee Lee, who represented Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at the launch of the exhibition, said there was no border for arts.
“We should cultivate love for arts and expand this industry,” she said in her opening speech.
The exhibition will be held until Saturday. Viewing hours are from 9am to 5pm daily except on Fridays and public holidays. Admission is free.