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A gallery that has been at the forefront of the Malaysian contemporary art scene since opening, Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) celebrates a milestone this year as it turns 15. To mark the occasion, the gallery has curated a group exhibition featuring artists that have worked closely with it over the years.
In Our Own Frame provides insight into how the gallery has contributed to the development of the scene, steadfast in its commitment to growing the artists under its banner and providing them with opportunities to showcase their work. With locations in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore, RKFA continues to engage in cross-border collaborations to promote Southeast Asian contemporary art.
Vibrant colours and symbolism comprise the intricately woven pieces seen in Anne Samat’s Conundrum Ka Sorga (To Heaven) – imagery that represents the six coloured stripes of the original 1978 LGBT community flag. Samat pays tribute to the individuals that founded the movement and all those who have sacrificed for it. Look out for their names on the tags that hang from each artwork.
Anne Samat – Live your Life be free #4 (2020)
Eiffel Chong’s last visit to Bangkok left her with a feeling that the city is losing its charm, withering away in a number of ways. I Am Happy And I Am Contagious is a work that illustrates the condition of the city, reflecting the sometimes lacklustre colours seen there and the grimy conditions that define some areas.
Eiffel Chong – I Am Happy And I Am (2020)
Gan Chin Lee
Impressions of Chinese New Villages make up this series by Gan Chin Lee, who switched mediums from oil to watercolour, acrylic, charcoal, marker pen, ink pen, pencil, and colour pencils. Having lived for many years in one of these villages, her aim was to both keep the memory of them alive and recall what has vanished from the history of these settlements designed by the British colonial administration in the 1940s.
Hasanul Isyraf Idris
Coastal areas and cats feature prominently in the pieces presented by Hasanul Isyraf Idris, who addresses humanity’s relationship with its surrounding environment here. Forces of nature retaliate against human intervention, while human-like cats fight back in a pitched battle. Other mystical forms surround each scene.
Hasanul Isyraf Idris – Radiolaria (2020)
Showing two works from a series entitled Helter Skelter, Justin Lim reflects on his perception of everyday life (impacted by the pandemic and being locked down) and our relationship towards nature. Private Utopia and Not all birds are allowed into the house are the two paintings he presents here, one portraying themes of loneliness and introspection and the other equilibrium.
Justin Lim – Not all birds are allowed into the house (2020)
In her A Star Alone Cannot Make A Constellation series, Ministrel Kuik uses the form of a star that has been dissected with an array of lines and colours to represent themes alluding to patriotism, unity and progress.
Minstrel Kuik – A Star Alone Cannot Make A Constellation #5 (2020)
Tan Wei Kheng
The work of self-taught Sarawakian artist Tan Wei Kheng focuses on the Orang Ulu or People of the Interior, tribes located deep in the heart of Sarawak to which Tan Wei often travels. He has spent much time with the Kayan, Kenyah, Penan, Kelabit and Iban peoples, painting them and the stories they tell, and creating awareness of their plight. The innocent faces of Penang children are showcased in this exhibition.
Tan Wei Kheng – Luna Sayak no. 2 (2020)
Wong Perng Fey
Bringing a balance of abstraction and figurative elements into his pieces, Wong Perng Fey’s presents highly textual work here that recall scenes from his base in Beijing. Once a part of the now-demolished Heiqiao district, the artist was forced to move his studio further north – impressions of this area and other parts of the city comprise The (un)-related Sceneries.
Wong Perng Fey – …Not Afraid of Hardship, Not Afraid To Die… (2019)
Where once daily routines seemed permanent and unbreakable, recent events have shaken realities and turned life upside down for many. Zelin Seah channels this turmoil on to the canvass in these paintings, and alludes to her own anxiety and depression. She hopes to find meaning of the mess we’re in through this series and to accept the impermanence of things.
Zelin Seah – Still fixing (2020)
Richard Koh Fine Art
Where 34-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
When 15-31 Oct (10am-7pm, Tues-Sun)
Tel 03 2095 3300