When Passion Meets Art
Co-founded by siblings Desmond Tong and Tong Gin Chee in December 2018, ZHAN is an art space dedicated to showcasing contemporary fine art from Malaysia and abroad. ZHAN provides both emerging and well-established artists an essential space to gain exposure and showcase their talent by providing conscientious promotion to selected artworks.
Located at The School, Jaya One, one of Petaling Jaya’s fastest growing commercial hubs, ZHAN welcomes proposals from artists and non-artists alike to take advantage of its 2,000 square feet space to host corporate and community events.
ZHAN is a manifestation of founder Desmond’s dream to bring contemporary fine art into residential homes and commercial spaces. Prior to this, he has worked in public relations, retail, and served a four-months internship in Malaysian think tank PEMANDU. A self-proclaimed savant of beauty, he draws on his extensive international travel to different cultures in developing his understanding of global aesthetics and definitions of beauty.
Desmond obtained his Masters of Commerce in International Business and Marketing from the University of Sydney in 2015, and a Bachelor of Art and Science, Development Studies and Zoology from the University of Melbourne in 2010.
Fuelled by her passion for creativity in visual communications, Gin Chee serves as co-founder and communications director for ZHAN. Concurrent with her belief that education has the power to change the world, she has previously worked in non-profits, education management, corporate communications, tertiary education and public relations. She is passionate about youth and women empowerment, and aspires to inspire young women to lead with confidence.
Gin Chee graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) (Honours) in 2005, and received her Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in 2012.