Einstein’s theory of relativity and how light is bent by gravity serve as inspirations for Kelvin Low’s artworks. “I grew up in a farm without electricity. With nature as my playground, the experience has shaped a lifelong curiosity on how light reflected against varied textures can change appearances,” says Kelvin.
The Malaysian-born Kelvin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has previously exhibited in PAKS Gallery, Hubertendorf Castle, Austria (2018-2019), the Art Salon Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France (2017-2018), and the Grand-Palace of Brussels, Belgium (2017-2018), among others.
Marisa Ng studied art at the National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage (ASWARA) in Kuala Lumpur. After a short course on figure drawings, she continued her training in the fine arts under renowned Malaysian abstract artists, Suzlee Ibrahim and Ismadi Sallehudin.
Marisa’s style of painting leans towards abstract expressionist as it emphasises the spontaneous, automatic, or subconscious creation.
“Abstract to me is the purest form of art as it comes from one’s soul or state of mind.” In the creation of her artwork, Marisa says, “powerful art is when a person who is not trained or learned in the arts can view it and go ‘wow’. They can see something, understand it, and ‘get it’ right away. Her goal is to create artworks that are meaningful to her audience.
Malaysia Art has been a part of this young artist’s life from early on, particularly since his high school days, encouraged by his mother, who also was his school’s art teacher. For a short period Haris Rashid studied Textile Technology at the tertiary level, but later switched to Illustration, obtaining his diploma from The One Academy. After completing his formal studies, he opted to pursue art as a career, and is today a full time artist. As he continues to develop his visual language, Haris often experiments with various media combinations and surfaces, wood and textured pressed paper being two surfaces he likes working with most.
In addition to producing his art, Haris is also the founder and leader of a young artist collective studio known as Studio Mekar.
Inspired by her late father’s passion in painting, Fariza Basri is committed in continuing her inherited talent by becoming a self-made miniature artists. Using watercolours, she paints small scale images from everyday objects to celestial landscapes. Fariza describes her artworks as “small windows into my world”, artistic portals bringing viewers into her own experience of life and imagination.
Her miniature paintings have been praised as amazingly fine and detailed even at the small size of 16mm x 10mm. She hopes to be recognised as a local miniature artist representing Malaysia at the global platform.
A go-to conceptual artist for agencies and brands like MRT Gamuda, Uber Malaysia, Tiger Beer, restaurants as well as Accounting and PR Firms in Malaysia, Nicholas Choong is no stranger to the visual arts and design world. He studied watercolours under a mentor at the age of 13 and when he was 16 he learnt Graphic Design, Sound Engineering and Photography working as a Production Assistant in the film industry.
In 2018, Nicholas joined the esteemed Rimbun Dahan Arts Residency as a 3-month Southeast Asian Artist in Residence from February – April 2018 which culminated in his cityscape works – showing at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.
Alya Hatta is a 20-year-old artist, currently undergoing her Fine Art degree at Goldsmiths, University of London after completing an art foundation course at Loughborough University. She is a multi-disciplinary artist focusing on painting, VR and installation artwork, yet keen on always learning and evolving her practice.
Her interests lie in exploring identity, specifically the Malaysian identity and what this means in different contexts. Ideas of immigration, alienation and culture are poignant in her works. She draws off of both historical and contemporary issues and influences, marrying them together to create a unique gaze through the culturally coded body.
Ng Foo Cheong
A graduate of the Kuala Lumpur College of Fine Art, Malaysia, Cheong’s paintings reflect historical and cultural significance. By layering paint, symbols and textures, Cheong metaphorically and visually articulates the impact of ancient societies on the evolving cultural identity of the contemporary Asian world. He creates by drawing inspiration from his own emotions. A master of contrasts, Cheong engenders a unique dialogue between the art of past and present cultures.
Cheong’s art has been displayed in shows in London, Stockholm, Brussels, New York, West Indies, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia.