In my earlier blogs, I introduced our group of “Exploration” artists (Celso Pepito, Fe Madrid Pepito from the Philippines, Charly Lesquelin from France and Freddy Sofian from Indonesia) tasked to do paintings related to their Malaysia exploration. As of today, husband and wife Celso Pepito and Fe Madrid Pepito have finished their first sets of paintings for the Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.
Celso Pepito’s painting shows the Langkawi Art Biennale’s patron YM Raja Ikram Raja Omar showing a thumbs up sign of encouragement to the people transferring the house, in a traditional custom of helping one another, called “Bayanihan” in the Philippines and known as the “Gotong-Royong” in Malaysia.
“When Cooperation is a must” ; 26.5″ X 39″; Acrylic on Canvas.
Celso Pepito speaks of his painting, ” For a great task to be done extraordinarily, being cooperative is not enough. One has to be selfless and not impose his own will but spouse a true spirit of unity and self-giving, thereby attaining the better good for many.”
Jewel of Langkawi; Acrylic on Canvas; 20″ X 34″
Fe Madrid’s painting shows Durian Perangin Falls, one of the falls that the couple visited two years ago, during the last Langkawi Art Biennale 2014. She has entitled this piece as “Jewel of Langkawi” believing that Langkawi has a lot to offer to tourists in terms of places to explore. This particular scenery shows rushing water coming from the falls. Beautiful sceneries such as this can be likened to precious jewels one has to seek, like they did when they walked a long distance just to see this place.
With much excitement, we look forward to more paintings from the “Exploration” artists in the coming days before the opening of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.