Attracting new art collectors

^ A visitor walking by a series titled ‘Metamorfosis’ by Tang Tze Lye, made with mural paint and gouache on sketch paper.

ARTWORKS featured at the Kecik-kecik Group Show Finale at Hin Bus Depot Gallery in Penang may be small but they make a big impact.

Done by over 150 talents from across Malaysia, the 200 paintings, sculptures and other items display diverse styles and subject matters.

Project manager Kenny Ng said the focus on smaller and more affordably priced works was meant to create an enticing starting point for new art collectors.

“We hope people will go home with their first piece of artwork as there is something for everyone, ” Ng said at the opening reception.

Most of the pieces are priced between RM500 and RM2,000.

The exhibition is jointly presented by Penang Art District and Hin Bus Depot.

It is the final instalment for this year after an earlier travelling exhibition in August that stopped at Straits Quay, Gurney Plaza and Sunway Carnival Mall.

The Kecik-kecik Group Show was first put together in 2007 by a group of Kuala Lumpur artists yearning for a platform to showcase their works to a wider audience.

That maiden show featured over 280 artworks no larger than one foot by one foot (0.3m x 0.3m) and received overwhelming response.

Over a decade later, the latest show came due to the desire of Penang-based contemporary artist Bibichun to revive the platform for the art community up north.

It had an open call earlier this year and attracted names including Sliz, Tom Powell, Eryn, Ch’ng Kieah Kiean, Ajim Juxta, Aleff Ahmad, Alice Loo, Kamil Shafie, Visithra Manikam, Valerie Ng, Howard Tan, Mandy Maung, Low Chee Peng and Loo Ley See.

There is also a special feature from Tang Tze Lye who has put up a series of 50 artworks.

Penang State Art Gallery chairman and Penang Art District advisor Lee Khai said it was heartening to see a revival in the art scene of Penang.

“The good vibes are coming back, ” Lee said, pointing to the many local and foreign artists who have come to Penang to indulge in creative expression in recent years.

He urged art enthusiasts to buy a piece of art from the exhibition.

Lee said there were plans to also revive the Penang Annual Show in conjunction with the Art Penang 2020 visual art festival scheduled for May 30 to June 14 next year.

The Kecik-kecik Group Show Finale continues until Nov 3 and is open for viewing from noon to 8pm on weekdays, and 11am to 8pm on weekends.

Entry to the gallery in Jalan Gurdwara in George Town is free.

State Art Gallery director Haryany Mohamad will give a talk on their Curatorial Praxis at 8pm on Oct 24.

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