Cities take centre stage at self-taught artist’s first solo show


Tai at his first solo exhibition being held at the Awegallery in Taman Paramount in Petaling Jaya until Dec 11.

Forty-seven artworks featuring different cities around the world are currently on display at an exhibition titled “Poetry of Cities”.

Self-taught artist Brian Tai gives visitors a taste of cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu and Singapore in his first solo exhibition in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

“I am inspired by Ong Kim Seng, a Singaporean watercolour artist whose techniques and choice of colours amaze me.

“His fluidity is what I aspire to emulate in my artwork.

“I also looked at his books and searched for his paintings online to study how he paints,” said Tai, a Math tutor from Kuala Lumpur.

Ong and fellow Singapore watercolour artist Low Puay Hua were among guests present at the opening of the art exhibition recently.

Tai said he was also inspired by Singaporean artist Tung Yue Nang, whom he considered as his mentor for teaching him art theories, composition and the aesthetics of western art.

Tai’s artworks have been featured in several local and international art exhibitions over the years such as EcoWorld’s “Art of Journey” and the Incheon global art exchange in Korea.

Curator Shireen Lee said the solo exhibition took nine months to put together.

“He loves painting people and buildings from different cities so we chose his paintings from four major cities and came up with the theme,” she added.

Held at Awegallery in Taman Paramount in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, the Poetry of Cities exhibition, which features pieces priced from RM2,500 onwards, ends on Dec 11.

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