A SHOWCASE of the nation’s prominent figures is on display at the Creative Space Gallery in the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Entitled The Face, the exhibition is Peter Liew’s sixth solo outing.
One of Malaysia’s leading plein-air artists, Liew usually works with oil paint to create landscapes and cityscapes exclusively.
His exhibition this time gives a new breath to his career as it features 30 of the country’s prominent figures, leaders and politicians.
Liew is one of the senior painters in the country who uses oil paint to interpret expressionism art in his paintings.
This style was popular in the early 20th century in Europe and was used to convey ideas emotionally rather than physically.
Liew, who hails from Perak, has been invited to exhibit in numerous galleries and museums both locally and internationally, and is also an active participant in major international fairs.
In 2015, he came up with a new body of works beyond his usual boundary, using large and thick layers of colour strokes and started his impasto portraits of world famous people.
The launch of the exhibition was by IIUM Holdings Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.
“This gallery is housed in one of the oldest government buildings, and one of the galleries we can truly be proud of in the country.
“I congratulate Liew for his marvellous fine works,” said Rais.
The exhibition is on until Aug 20 and admission is free. — By RITHA AKARIZA