When artistry meets creativity

CREATIVITY ‘overflowed’ in a riot of colours and shapes during the recent art exhibitions of some 200 graduating art students from two institutions in Penang. 

No longer is art confined to paintings of landscapes or even abstract sculptures. 

Graphic design is now a demand in the industry and art institutions are clamping down on that fact, by the look of exhibits. 

From Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 120 School of Art degree students majoring in Fine Arts, Graphic Communications, Drama and Theatre and Music held a joint exhibition with the tagline ‘Think. Plan. Create’ at Galeri Adiwarna in USM. 

Apart from the exhibits of paintings, art installations, graphic design products and photographs, those present were also treated to wayang kulit and choir performances during the opening ceremony as a showcase of the variety of talents trained there. 

LIVING ART:USM Fine Arts student Chee Peck Kim watering plants in her 'Bird's Nest Fern' art installation.

School of Art’s dean Assoc Prof Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa commented on the current trend among graphic students to ‘recycle’ or plagiarise works with no acknowledgement of the source. 

Former National Art Gallery director Rahime Harun who launched the exhibition said post-production was an area the school was still weak in. 

“Out there, you must know how to talk and sell your ideas as well as fight for your rights,” said Rahime. 

At the Caring Society Complex, 83 Equator Academy of Art diploma students held their graduation showcase titled ‘The Inspirer’. 

Students majoring in Fashion Design Technology, Fine Art, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Interior Design, and Architectural Technology displayed their final year projects inside individually allotted booths that were tastefully decorated. 

Among the graduates were Star Education Fund scholars Alvin Cheng and Ken Thin.  

Thin who did Graphic and Multimedia Design had initially faced opposition from his parents about his choice of study.  

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