Crossing the lines of creativity

Dr Kang (left) briefing guests about his art pieces featured in his ‘Crossing’ solo exhibition at Penang State Art Gallery. — Photo: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

SINCE retirement, former politician Datuk Dr Kang Chin Seng has found Chinese calligraphy a good platform for expression.

He sees each brush stroke and each character as a reflection of his thoughts and emotions at the particular moment of creation.

“I look at a character, understand its meaning and truly feel it. Then I construct it in the way I want,” he revealed during the opening of his 3rd solo exhibition.

Ongoing at the Penang State Art Gallery’s 3rd floor space in Dewan Sri Pinang until Feb 6, the exhibition features some 70 pieces done in the past two years.

The show’s title ‘Crossing’ refers to how featured works blur the boundaries between the traditional and modern, as well as the east and west.

“My intention is to appeal to both the elitists of fine art and the man on the street.

“As Malaysians, we are also citizens of the world and I don’t want to limit myself to just the Chinese audience.

“My audience is everybody — people of different races and cultural backgrounds,” the artist reasoned.

Dr Kang is a former state executive councillor for Human Resource, Science and Technology and SMI (Small and Medium Industries) Development.

An accomplished physicist, the former Gerakan politician also founded the Penang Human Resource Development Council and chaired it from 1992 to 1999.

Calligraphy became his serious pastime following retirement and he has over the years donated millions of ringgit worth of his art to charitable causes.

Dr Kang was also a good calligrapher during his schooling years, winning many prizes at primary and secondary level.

“Most of it I learnt by studying ancient texts. I was self-taught.

“Calligraphy caught my eye as it is very expressive,” said Dr Kang, who is also a capable watercolourist.

Also present at the launch were Penang State Art Gallery chairman Lee Khai and Hunza Group founder-cum-executive advisor Datuk Seri Khor Teng Tong.

Dr Kang’s ‘Crossing’ exhibition continues until Feb 6.

Viewing hours are 9am to 5pm daily except for Fridays and public holidays. Entrance is free.

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