Artists

Kelvin Low

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.

In this exhibit, Kelvin weaves a mesmerising mixture of colours and textures to interpret the migration of bioluminescent marine life at different times of the day. “I believe in the healing potential of colour and I hope my audiences will feel a sense of calm as they experience my artworks,” 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.

Ping Irvin

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.

BONO STELLAR

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.

HARIS RASHID

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.

NICHOLAS CHOONG

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.

By the time he was 19, Nicky (a moniker he goes by sometimes) was already working in the events, music & entertainment industry.The next 17 years of his life was spent working and raising a family before he began painting again in 2011. In 2014 he helped shape (and was the first artist in residence for) the sembilan Art Residency Programme in Seremban. During that time he also mentored under Wei Ling Gallery and has continued to exhibit his work in group and solo shows up till this day.

In 2015 he opened his own studio, Satu Arts and continued to perfect his craft.As a multi-disciplinarian artist, Nicky also dabbled in installations and collaborative mural projects. In 2016, he began his foray into video production and has since then worked as a director, Art Director and Creative Director in the media and corporate world. In his traditional paintings, Nicholas works in a series based format and is known for his strong ink and line work.

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.