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.
Horses are a recurring subject in Ping Irvin’s (Yunping Ma) paintings, a motif that also represents her family name ‘Ma’ in Chinese. The seven pieces in this exhibit depict Ping’s horses as mystical yet powerful, serene yet romantic creatures that are free to run, unshackled by bridles, bits or ropes.
Born in Kunming, China, the award-winning Ping graduated from Yunnan Art College in 1982, and was awarded a professorship in 2003. Her work has been sold to collectors from all over the world, including China, Thailand, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Ping currently resides in the United States with husband and fellow artist Craig Irvin.
Nawwar Shukriah Ali (b. 1985), better known as Bono Stellar, is a multidisciplinary artist based in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Working primarily with iridescent films, lights, mirrors, and plexiglass, her goal is to create work which appeals to the imagination and the senses. She articulates her personal struggles with the contemporary Malaysian and Malay woman identity – a complex mix of strong and soft, toughness and vulnerability – through references to local contexts and customs, reimagined with interactive technology.
Bono is the founder of Stellar Design and Stellar Studio. She also founded Make It Happen! two years ago, in hopes that it can be a platform to educate her fellow creatives, peers, and masses on the importance of the creative process, and making it happen. She holds a degree in architecture and a Masters in Art and Design: Product Design, and has lectured at a local university on the subject of Design and History of Architecture. She has exhibited at Hin Bus Depot in Penang, IP Karnival, Urbanscapes Festival, and more.
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. In recent years, wild animals have become the mainstay of his topical focus, both for his concern for these animals, whose numbers in the wild are fast dwindling, as well as his fascination for them. Much of his current artworks embody the idea of animals exhibiting human characteristics, a notion that has fueled a number of pieces in the last several months. These days we hear about more and more atrocities being committed by man, leading Haris to sometimes wonder whether there is more humanity to be found in his animal subjects than in mankind itself.
A go-to conceptual artist for agencies and brands like MRT Gamuda, Uber Malaysia,Tiger Beer, restaurants as well as Accounting & 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.
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.
Chris Tan is a contemporary abstract expressionist painter who excels in the use of dynamic awe-inspiring distorted forms to express human feeling and life. He believes that soul is somewhere we should investigate and begin with. Born and grew up in Malaysia, the major inspirations for his transformative figures and reflective feelings come from studying local social scenes, philosophy studies and his personal childhood memories.
Influenced by action painting styles, Tan emphasises the visual perceptions and fluid atmosphere. Breaking away from the traditional painting methods, his painting is mainly completed by two parts — heavy turpentine rendering and scraped color layers with wood. His artistic approach is spontaneous yet detailed in layers.