THE group art exhibition – Inspired 6 – is testament that dedication and tireless pursuit will get one far.
Art instructor Yeo Eng Peng and his five students are presenting the fruits of their labour in a month-long show; each of their styles distinctive but complementary.
The five women have been painting under the guidance of Yeo at Akademi Inspire for the last five to 12 years, drawing strength from each other.
Of the 80 paintings on display, the star of the show is Ng Sheau Hoi’s furry ducklings, which is sure to invoke a warm, fuzzy feeling in gallery-goers.
Ng, 42, an underwriter by profession, also applied her meticulous approach in her lotus paintings.
The padi fields in Sekinchan took on a dreamy appearance under the brushes of former lawyer Lisa Teo, 44.
Her impressionist style made the rice production process a sophisticated scene.
Also sourcing inspiration from nature was Kim Tio, 71, a retired English teacher.
“I love textures,” she proclaimed, gesturing at the leaf skeletons (leaves that have shed their tissues, leaving only the veins) that she incorporated into her paintings.
Pineapple and oil palm, meanwhile, were the forte of Yeo, who was drawn by their colours and intricacy.
Setting an example to his students, he insisted on venturing into oil palm plantation to observe the fruits up close.
“I encourage them to go out and feel the environment. When we return to paint later, our brush strokes will be laden with emotions,” he said.
Penangite Lee May Ling, 48, employed the line-and-wash technique to create native art featuring the Baba Nyonya culture and everything Penang.
The former air stewardess and medical representative first traced the outline of the subjects with smear-proof pen, and then tinted them with watercolour.
Shahroom Ahmed, 63, flirted with patterns to portray local culture.
A few of her paintings showed a demure woman playing musical instrument; the melodies turning into fluttering butterflies.
Teo said Yeo encouraged them to explore their own unique styles, which made the learning journey enjoyable and rewarding.
“Personally, art should spread positivity by presenting the good and beautiful,” said Yeo, who also lectures at Dasein Academy of Art.
The exhibition ends Feb 4.
The Ledge Art Gallery is located at 3rd floor, Highstreet, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya. Opening hours are from 11am to 9pm daily.