The Star, 22 April 2008
Freedom of Expression
by Tho Xin Yi
AN art exhibition entitled “Mind, Body & Soul 3” is currently going on until April 30 at the Wei-Ling Gallery.
This is the third time the gallery is hosting the figurative art exhibition, and the artists it enlisted this time include Ahmad Shukri Mohamed, Chin Kong Yee, Chong Choon Woon, Hamidi Hadi, Hamir Soib, Jolly Koh, Kim Ng, Marvin Chan and Umi Baizurah Mahir.
Gallery co-owner Lim Wei-Ling said, “There is a huge resurgence of figurative arts in Malaysia, and we are celebrating it.
“It is interesting to see the artists employing different approaches to express the same subject. We get the artists out of their comfort zone. For instance, we have artists who don’t normally do figurative arts, but more on abstract or landscape,” she said.
There are more than 20 artworks on display, featuring male and female figures, nude figures, self-portraits and even the absence of human figures.
Umi’s colourful artwork ‘Keep Away From Babies’ contains assorted items but a figure. There are balls, a grasshopper, a bottle, a box, a frog and other objects.
“While other artists go straight to the point, I try to look from the different perspective,” said Umi.
Another artist, Chin, provides a 360-degree view of a small lane in Seville, Spain in his monochrome painting. “I have drawn myself in the painting and it gave me a strange feeling – it’s as though I have disappeared into the artwork,” he said.
Wei-Ling Gallery is located at 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
It is open from noon – 7pm on Mon – Fri, and 10am – 5pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
For more information, call 03-2260 1106/07 or visit www.weiling-gallery.com.