From now until 30 July, Wei-Ling Gallery presents Sekinchan: Land of Fertility, a solo exhibition by Chen Wei Meng.
Using the small town of Sekinchan as the source of inspiration, Chen created a series of paintings that bring the lush paddy fields of this dynamic fishing village to life.
Known for his realistic and highly detailed landscape works, the paintings seek to draw viewers in with complete visual purity. Chen believes in portraying the authenticity of a subject along with the pure elements often easily overlooked.
He visited Sekinchan in 2007, after having covered Terengganu, Pahang, Penang, Perak and most of the other coastal towns of Selangor.
“I remember it being a sunny and windy evening, and when I saw the open spaces of the paddy field in front of my eyes which occupied a mass area of the land, it immediately brought me back to the feeling of being by the sea in my home town. From then on, whenever I feel “sea-sick” in the metropolis, Sekinchan will be the place I think of to breakaway,” says Chen on his fascination with the coastal settlement.
Most of Chen’s art is inspired by his love of Malaysia, although the series prior to this focused on the undulating landforms of Northwest China. His most popular works featured landscapes of the terrain of Ulu Selangor and the coast of Terengganu, where the talented artist spent his youth.