10 Nov 2016 Ferado

Visit to …

Yesterday, Liew Kian Yap, founder of Langkawi Art Biennale had a hectic, yet great day. He managed to meet Suresh Amar of St. Regis Langkawi, the luxurious island resort that even has a butler service.

Suresh Amar - St Regis Langkawi
Suresh Amar – St Regis Langkawi

Suresh was kind enough to show him around this exclusive resort , even though it was a short notice call. Liew was very impressed that the resort allowed artists to display paintings in their lobby for sale. And according to Suresh, their guests appreciate artistic works and do buy paintings for their collection. Liew is encouraged that Suresh is interested to support Malaysian artists and looks forward to working with him and his team. Liew was also introduced to Saravena Govenden and together they will create awareness among the guests and shuttle interested St Regis’s guests to the Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 at Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC).

After that, Liew managed to rush over to meet Irene Nur Ain Jong, Sales Manager of Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC) who time out from her busy schedule to receive him. She was also very supportive of our event and was very kind to agree to forward the invitation and information about Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 to all her clients.

Irene Nur Ain Jong, Sales Manager of Langkawi International Convention Centre
Irene Nur Ain Jong, Sales Manager of Langkawi International Convention Centre
9 Nov 2016 Ferado

Organising committee


Yang Teramat Mulia Dr Tunku Monsor Ibni Almarhom Tunku Kassim
(Founder of Yayasan Tunku Kassim)


Yang Mulia Raja Omar Ikram Bin Raja Abdullah Omar
(Patron of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016)


Yang Teramat Mulia KDR (B) Abdul Hamid Ibni Almarhom Tunku Kassim
(Organising Chairman)


An evening with the organising committee
From left :
Liew Kian Yap
YM Raja Omar Ikram
YTM Dr. Tunku Monsor
YTM Tunku Hamid

8 Nov 2016

Sculptors… the work begins

First, a meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris

Meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris - discussion and planning
Meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris – discussion and planning

Zul, Mohd Hanizan, JIK and Helen Zul, Mohd Hanizan, JIK and Helen

Then the next day, it’s off to EXPLORE the island to source for materials …

The sculptors and installation artist, Fumihiko Sano jumped into 2 vans and drove around the island. Happily, they went EXPLORING!

1st stop was Kisap area… to look for pieces of wood and discarded marble, off-cuts of stone with interesting shapes, texture and colour.

Jean Lewis Dick and his students  from Mauritius
Jean Lewis Dick and his students from Mauritius

Sculptor and teacher, Jean Lewis Dick came to Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 with his students from Mauritius as part of a sculptor student exchange programme. This will give them invaluable exposure and experience – mixing, EXPLORING and learning from sculptors from various countries, using various materials and tools.

JIK : Hmm,... you look promising!
JIK : Hmm,… you look promising!

Maxine : See what I found!
Maxine : See what I found!

They even got to see the gigantic circular saw that is used to cut through these boulders.
See how huge is the saw!
See how huge is the saw!


2nd stop was a scrap metal collection centre at Tanjung Mali. You will definitely NOT get to see this on a normal tourist package tour.

Aide : What can i do with this ??
Aide : What can i do with this ??
Dinesh Wilkes : Interesting shape
Dinesh Wilkes : Interesting shape

Camarderie among sculptors and artists was high as they put their ideas together on how they can use all resources from this island to create sculptures that relate to the theme “EXPLORATION”

Then the last stop was Zul Idris’s workshop… to start working on their pieces.

They carried all their ‘precious’ finds into the workshop. There was a shortage of equipment but they made do with what was available. It was nice to see sculptors from several nations putting their heart and mind into their task, working and sharing the tools and equipment, making it happen for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 – Sculptors section.

The weather was rainy and cool in the morning. But come afternoon, everyone felt the heat. It was tiring,…but it was a good and productive day.

Today all the sculptors started work!

8 Nov 2016 Ferado

Listed on The Island Drum website

TERIMA KASIH !! Thank you to Vanessa Workman of The Island Drum for listing LAB2016 in their Langkawi – Future events page.


The Island Drum website is based in Langkawi and is THE site to go to, to get to know Langkawi better. I just love the segment THIS WEEK IN LANGKAWI- WEEKLY UPDATES.
Here, you will know about locations of both fine dining restaurants and night markets with its glorious food (complete with mouth-watering pictures) and listed day-by-day, so one does not miss out on any happenings!

The website helps tourists (and locals) to explore Langkawi further. Kudos to her hard work keeping track of all the events and sharing updates. Now she has also expanded to explore other parts of Malaysia.

7 Nov 2016

Peranakan inspiration

A SNEAK PREVIEW – watch it!

ART and the love of BEAUTY have always been an integral part of life of Nyonyas (Chinese Peranakan ladies) and Babas (Chinese Peranakan men); from their dressing to cooking and presentation of the dishes to spiritual offerings and past-times (from singing the cheeky Dondang Sayang to the fine embroidery of beaded slippers).

This glamourous way of life has inspired many Malaysian artists to paint and represent it with motifs taken from everyday life – the utensils for eating, tools for grinding spices, food carriers, right down to the colourful morsels of Nyonya Kuih (pieces of steamed cakes make from rice and glutinous rice flour, coloured and flavoured with extracts from local leaves and flowers).


Sherin Ng Lay Hwa is one such artist, painting her own heritage in the lovely “Nyonya colours”, a palette of colours that was painted on crockery (plates, bowls, cups) designed specially for the Peranakan community by makers in China centuries ago. Greatly inspired by fond memories of her childhood, she started seriously painting in 2011. She paints in a variety of media – watercolour, acrylic and even wax (batik).

MALAYSIA is a multi-cultural nation with a rich history and made up of descendants from many ethnic groups, mainly Malay, Chinese and Indian. But we also have indigenous people, descendants from Gurkhas, Eurasians, Portuguese, Armenians, etc.. and the Peranakans. Simply put , Peranakan refers to someone born in the Straits Settlement (Penang, Melaka and Singapore).

Chinese Peranakan is best known by their delicately embroidered blouses, sarong kebayas, as well as their delicious food! They are Chinese who have settled in Malaya (long time ago) and either by inter-marriages or by living among the locals and the British in Malaya, have generated a unique culture. To further divide, the Penang Peranakans’ and Melaka Peranakans’ spoken language have evolved differently and are quite unrecognisable among the two.

Into the mix, we also have Jawi Peranakan, who are descendants from inter-marriages between Northern Indians and local Malays and Indian Peranakans known as Chitty who are of Tamil origins.

Sherin Ng Lay Hwa’s works will be part of the Cultural Dresses and Costumes segment of LAB2016., together with other works from Efat Amiri (Iran), Rozlina Khairi (Malaysia) and Tomoko Nakai (Japan).

6 Nov 2016

Artists’ home away from home


Some of the artists who have already arrived to setup their installation artwork, sculptoring on site or explore the island..

Standing, from left is Angelico “JIK” Villanueva (Sculptor: Philippines), Liew Kian Yap (Founder of LAB), Fumihiko Sano (Installation artist:Japan), Mohd Hairul Azizi (Programme director). Seated, from left is Charly Lesquelin (Painter:Reunion Island), Freddy Sofian (Painter:Indonesia ), Laxman Bahadur Gharti (Sculptor:Nepal)

Life in Langkawi is idyllic…a slower pace…allowing one to be more in touch with nature.

Here, artists will get to experience the Malay ‘kampung’ (village) life.. complete with crowing roosters!

Located a bit further in from the buzzling, tourist hot spots of Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach), the group of accommodations provided for artists are clean, comfortable and quiet…. and the beach is just a walk away…

Occasional rain.. but cool and fresh, right after the rain
Occasional rain.. but cool and fresh, right after the rain
Coconut trees swaying in the wind
Coconut trees swaying in the wind
Outdoor resting spot
Wakaf – outdoor resting spot
Chenang Inn, one of the accommodations  provided
Chenang Inn, one of the accommodations provided
The Coconut!
The Coconut!
A wooden chalet, rustic but complete with modern amenities
A wooden chalet, rustic but complete with modern amenities

Malaysians love their food. We have everything, from Asian (Chinese, Malay, Indian) to Western style restaurants, wth some open 24 hours a day!!

More participants from Phillipines, Nepal, Reunion Island and Indonesia...sharing a meal and laughter!
More participants from Phillipines, Nepal, Reunion Island and Indonesia…sharing a meal and laughter!

We have local foods like the roti canai (prata), tosai, nasi lemak, nasi campur to more Western-style foods like BBQ and grill

An Indian 'pancake' that is now common in Malaysian food stalls
Tosai, an Indian ‘pancake’ that is now common in Malaysian food stalls


(Photo credits : Liew Kian Yap and Celso Pepito)

5 Nov 2016

Colour Pencil Artist

I have never met Sharon SS Kow but I admired her art work and befriended her on social media. I have always been amazed by those, especially artists, who are diligent and full of patience and passion. It shows in her art.

Her medium is COLOUR PENCIL…Imagine that!… which requires arduous, labour intensive work and a very good eye for details. She usually draws with a few pencils in hand so she can quickly switch from shade to shade.

What’s more amazing is that she takes the time and trouble to blog about her technique and how she felt when drawing the strokes, to give her audience a more intimate insight into the world of a colour pencil artist.

My personal favourite is this of her pet, Sugar in a contemplative mood.



To see how detailed is the process she shows us her work-in-progress (click the picture to view the progression)

Of Time Long Past

The following is her bio-data which details her story and achievements :

Sharon Siew Suan Kow

A self-taught coloured pencil artist living and working in Penang, Sharon began seriously pursuing coloured pencil art in 2013 at the age of 43. Her style of art gravitate towards photo realism, paying extreme attention to details, nuances of colour and light.

Her inspirations are derived from simple and everyday subjects. To her, these common subjects reflect her perception of the many human emotions and therefore every piece of her art reveals a deeper meaning than just a beautiful subject.

She has exhibited locally and internationally. Her work has been featured and published in several international publications.

Sharon is the first colour pencil artist in South East Asia to earn the Signature Status with Colored Pencil Society of America in 29th July 2016.


Member of Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA)

Member of the Australian Colored Pencil Artist (AUSCPA)

Member of International Guild of Realism (IGOR)

She is very excited to be participating in this edition of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 and I’m excited to be finally meeting her, in person.