Art Conference / Art Talk on Day 1

After a bit of waiting around the day started with an Art Conference / Art Talk to everyone’s surprise.
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From left: Charly Lesquelin  (Reunion Island), Prof Raja Dato’ Zahabuddin Raja Yaacob (Galeri Shah Alam, Malaysia ), Pn Zainariah  (Yayasan Hasanah, Said Aniff Hossanee (Mauritius ) & Celso Pepito  (Phillipines)
The panel : (from left:) Charly Lesquelin (Reunion Island), Prof Raja Dato’ Zahabuddin Raja Yaacob (Galeri Shah Alam, Malaysia ), Pn Zainariah (Hasanah Foundation, Malaysia ), Said Aniff Hossanee (Mauritius ) & Celso Pepito (Phillipines)

The MC from Yayasan Tunku Kassim apologised for the delay. And so it began with Yayasan Hasanah’s Senior Vice President (Arts, Heritage and Culture), Pn Zainariah Johari giving an overview of Yayasan Hasanah and its corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives. This foundation (yayasan) is the CSR arm of Khazanah Nasional Berhad. Although she is an accountant by profession her passion for the arts is strong and hence she is here in Langkawi to support Langkawi Art Biennale 2016.

Yayasan Hasanah 's website
Yayasan Hasanah ‘s website
Pn Zainariah having an animated discussion with Sherin Ng, artist and LAB 2016 bloggers - Mayeth (Phillipines) and myself (Malaysia)
Pn Zainariah having an animated discussion with Sherin Ng, artist and LAB 2016 bloggers – Mayeth (Phillipines) and myself (Malaysia)

Then, Liew Kian Yap, Langkawi Art Biennale founder and today’s moderator invited each panelist to introduce themselves and their art. The artists from Phillipines, Mauritius and Reunion Island spoke of how they met Liew many years ago and have been following his efforts in promoting Malaysian artists, art tourism exchange between artists from various countries and his vision of making Langkawi, a New Art Destination.

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Prof Raja Dato’ Zahabuddin spoke of his involvement in Galeri Shah Alam (GSA) which was the brainchild of the Sultan of Selangor who initiated the gallery 35 yrs ago. Prof Raja also gave his support to Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 by sponsoring 10 Malaysian artists from Galeri Shah Alam.

A united front! - artists from Galeri Shah Alam. Love their GSA T- shirt!
A united front! – artists from Galeri Shah Alam. Love their GSA T- shirt!

After that the panel was asked this question : HOW DO YOU SELL ART IN YOUR COUNTRY?
….Stay tune for that segment in the next blog post 😊

Participants from India

On Thursday, while waiting for the Kenduri Kendara (Malay celabratory feast) to begin, I was chatting to a few artists who all happened to be from India but with very different approach to their art.

RAJESH YADAV
He is not only an artist but also a lecturer, curator and runs art workshops. He also conducts art exchange programmes for children, teens and even celebrities!… to various countries such as United Kingdom, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Rajess Yadav
Rajess Yadav

His are works are exhibited in Italy, New York, New Jersey and also locally in India.

Rajesh and one of his art works for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016
Rajesh and one of his art works for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016

Seen here with his new friends,  artists  from Gallery Shah Alam...as they "sneaked "off to explore  Langkawi on they own
Seen here with his new friends, participating artists from Gallery Shah Alam…as they “sneaked “off to explore Langkawi on they own

ANUP KUMAR
He is a sculptor from the state of Bihar, India and works with various media. For Langkawi Art Biennale 2016, he came to Langkawi two weeks before the opening, to EXPLORE and seek suitable materials for his sculpture. Together with the other sculptors, they visited a marble factory and found lot of marble off cuts. Then off to a scrap metal, recycling yard for the rest of the sculpture.

He calls this "Safety First"
He calls this “Safety First”

Why “Safety First”? The marble ‘peak’ in the centre of his sculpture with water faucets attached is his reminder to all that the glaciers are melting, water levels are rising. How can we protect it from worsening?. The authorities (represented by
black hands holding guns all around the sculpture’s black basin) are responsible for protecting Mother Nature.

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Anup’s top guns!

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Here with some new found friends…fellow sculptors – Dinesh Wilkes, Helen Crawford, Syahril Azwan and Zul Idris

SUNANDA KHAJURIA
An interesting lady who loves photography and has studied Chinese traditional art at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. Then she applies this influence into her contemporary works. Having a studio in Beijing and New Delhi means her time is divided between the two continents.

MOON WATCHER (Acrylic on canvas)
Moon Watcher (Acrylic on canvas)
Sunanda  (in red) with other lady artists - Marlene (South Africa), Sherin  (Malaysia ) and Sylvana  (France)
Sunanda (in red) with other lady artists – Marlene (South Africa), Sherin (Malaysia ) and Sylvana (France)

DHANESHWAR SHAH
He is her fiance and unfortunately could not be in Langkawi because he is busy working on his PhD in Beijing.

This is one of his paintings for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016

The Blue (acrylic on canvas)
The Blue (acrylic on canvas)

(Photos courtesy from various artists)

Having fun with Naomi Kato’s installation art

It’s an installation. It’s meant to be touched.

I use fabric because fabric is very close to us like we are wearing it every day since we are born. And sense of touch is very important to me, sometimes seeing is not enough! You can feel and understand more by touching.

For this event, i chose shell inspired shape. We get older but no shedding or molding, so wrinkled and change hair color. Shells shows its history in progress, past the starting point, now the present and future is predictable or can explore our imagination how it will be.

~~ Naomi Kato, installation artist at Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 talks of her work

Here are artists and visitors letting loose and creating looks using Naomi ‘s creation!

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But put it back in its proper place, ya..
(Photo credits : Naomi Kato, Maxine, Wilson)

Plein Air in Langkawi

According to Wikipedia, plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”.

I love the energy that comes from plein air artists – Impromptu, brief, capturing only the essence!

Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 artists can be seen painting away in various locations :

Today’s introduction to Malay culture of celebration – Kenduri Kendara ..open air cooking with everyone chipping in in a ‘gotong royong’ (community working together) style was the topic for some of our artists.

At the Kenduri Kendara
At the Kenduri Kendara

Men At Work
Men At Work

During yesterday’s Art Talk a very energetic artist was busy drawing, painting ..
Ngdawiyah...painting away
Ngdawiyah…painting away

I'm in there somewhere .. can you spot it?
I’m in there somewhere .. can you spot it?
Showing Pn Zainariah of Yayasan Hasanah her work
Showing Pn Zainariah of Yayasan Hasanah her work

Then there was the GSA (Galeri Shah Alam) group who, during their own EXPLORATION of Langkawi, dropped by Durian Perangin waterfall

Lovely spot, 20 minutes from LICC
Lovely spot, 20 minutes from LICC

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The beautiful waterfall
The beautiful waterfall

Visitors to the exhibition

The Cotton family from United Kingdom - Jeff, Daphne, Liza,  Amber-Rose and Jasmine
The Cotton family from United Kingdom – Jeff, Daphne, Liza, Amber-Rose and Jasmine

Met a charming family when i was photographing some artists and their works. And how did they know of our event?

They were staying in a property near the sculptors’ work site and have watched their progress. This curosity and appreciation of the sculptors’ hard work have brought them here to Langkawi Art Biennale 2016

WELCOME and THANK YOU for the support!

Langkawi Art Biennale begins!

But before that… Breakfast At Simfoni! (not Tiffany’s)

Elliza Hashim, Ngdawiyah, Hudry  Hayat, Rozlina
Elliza Hashim, Ngdawiyah, Hudry Hayat, Rozlina
Rasid Yusof,  Agus and Ahmed Fauzi Arshad
Rasid Yusof, Agus and Ahmed Fauzi Arshad
Malaysian artists  all ready to go!
Malaysian artists all ready to go!

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Arriving at Langkawi International Convention Centre from their respective accommodations – homestays Cottage and The Viillage at Pantai Cenang, Simfoni Resort and Bella Vista.

Ah, more breakfast!
Ah, more breakfast! Lets mingle

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Here, our next blogger, Miho Miwa is setting up her computer to blog, in Japanese. How cool is that?

Ohayou gozaimasu!
Ohayou gozaimasu!

The visual artists were very excited to see their paintings displayed. Each artist was required to submit 3 art works.

This way, everyone
This way, everyone

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Participating artists:  Boo Suan Eng,  Liza, Susanna Hernesniemi
Participating artists: Boo Suan Eng, Liza, Susanna Hernesniemi

Liza and her paintings, in foreground  and background
Liza and her paintings, in foreground and background

Abdul Raoof Ali
Abdul Raoof Ali
Elliza Hashim
Elliza Hashim
Close-up of Elliza'work
Close-up of Elliza’work

Explaining the motif
Explaining the motif

This only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ ie.many more beautiful paintings, in so many genres, so many media and with so much creative energy in each of them,

COME VISIT AND SPEND SOME TIME TO PONDER AND ENJOY!

Visiting artist from Iraq
Visiting artist from Iraq

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!

Sculptors hard at work

It is very near to the start of Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 and the sculptors are work very hard to finish their sculptures.

Helen Maria Crawford (Australia)
Helen Maria Crawford (Australia)

John Lewis Dick  and his students  (Mauritius )
John Lewis Dick and his students (Mauritius )

Aid (Malaysia )
Aid (Malaysia )
Anup Kumar (India)
Anup Kumar (India)
Zul Idris (Malaysia)
Zul Idris (Malaysia)
Lawrence Dinesh Wilkes (New Zealand )
Lawrence Dinesh Wilkes (New Zealand )

What makes sculptors happy?

Sculptors, Maxine (Malaysia) and Laxman (Nepal)
Sculptors, Maxine (Malaysia) and Laxman (Nepal)

Having started their EXPLORATION of Langkawi as early as 8AM, these sculptors don’t look tired at all after returning from their sculpting work. Even under the rain, the sun and dusty environment, they feel very satisfied for having EXPLORED and discovered the many resources and many possibilities available in Langkawi.

This is the joy of a sculptor – being able to find the right material and having the opportunity to work on it … in an inspiring environment!