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Going miniature in George Town

29 The Gallery, an art gallery on China Street in George Town, opened a new exhibition focused on miniature works (6" x 6").  The exhibition features 12 artists who contributed miniature paintings, photographs, and sculptures.

I had the wonderful opportunity to take part in my first exhibition with four of my paintings displayed.

Townscape - Penang (bottom right)
This piece is my expression of Penang through our unique architectural and historical buildings, including religious places, shophouses, mansions, and colonial landmarks.  I used an array of colors throughout to encapsulate the character and essence of the island with the tropical weather in mind.  The playful style represents my journey of exploring my home island.

Kebaya series - art imitating art (top left and bottom left)

Typically worn by Peranakan* women, the Nyonya** Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination.  Each piece is a work of art, created by extremely talented and patient women.  I wanted to try to capture its elegance in a different form. 

*Baba & Nyonya Peranakan is a community of people of Chinese & Malay descent, who lived in the Straits Settlements of Penang, Melaka, and Singapore.  The community prospered over the past few centuries, but now most Peranakan have assimilated into the Chinese communities of Malaysia and Singapore. 
**Peranakan women are referred to as Nyonya (men are referred to as Baba).

About 29 The Gallery
Located in the heart of George Town's UNESCO World Heritage zone, 29 The Gallery is a beautifully restored shophouse turned gallery, run by Malaysian artist, Rebecca Duckett-Wilkinson.  Rebecca's vision is a gallery where artists of all backgrounds have the opportunity to come together to present their work.  The idea is to allow an artist “one wall” to show a small collection with the support of other artists. 

If you are around the Little India area in George Town, stop over at the Gallery. The miniature show ends this Sunday.

6 comments:

Sarah O'Leary said...

Congratulations on your first art show Reese! I wish I could go see it. Can you take photos of the art pieces and post them on the blog?
Thanks for sharing the magic of Penang with us!

Reese said...

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for your well wishes & support!

I'd love to put the paintings up on the blog. As I worked on them in a tight schedule, I forgot to take pictures of the finished products before I had them framed. The photos I took at the gallery had too much glare from the glass frame.

The townscape painting has been sold. So I'd be sure to take pictures for my next work. Thanks!

Anita Vossen said...

It's great you have an opportunity to display your art work. Local artists are an asset to a community.

MayaKirana said...

Hi Reese: Hey, congrats!!! It's always lovely to have your work recognized and appreciated and I would love to see them too. Document the creative process as you work on the art and let us all have a peek inside the artist's mind. You know what I like most? Your freespiritedness and your ability to be accepting and open and beautiful. I am sure that is captured in your art too.

Anita Vossen said...

It's great you have an opportunity to display your art work. Local artists are an asset to a community.

Reese said...

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for your well wishes & support!

I'd love to put the paintings up on the blog. As I worked on them in a tight schedule, I forgot to take pictures of the finished products before I had them framed. The photos I took at the gallery had too much glare from the glass frame.

The townscape painting has been sold. So I'd be sure to take pictures for my next work. Thanks!