Wishing my muslim friends and family Selamat Hari Raya and Happy Eid Mubarak!

eid mubarak

eid mubarak

Today marks the end of Ramadan, the month long fasting from sunset to sunrise. Muslims greet each other with the words “maaf zahir dan batin”, which means “Forgive my physical and emotional (wrongdoings), it is also a celebration of unity. The Eid prayer is to ask for God’s forgiveness, mercy, peace and blessings for all living beings across the world.

In Malaysia, this is a 2 day public holiday but the celebration lasts all month. It is customary to have open houses where friends, families and neighbours are invited to celebrate over food, and this includes non Muslims in a show of unity.

Well, I’m off today to my friend’s open house to celebrate this day with her friends and family.

I wish you all forgiveness for my wrong doings, peace on earth and good blessings xx

 

Sketch of the day no 385: Tiger Lily Flower Lilium Auratum

Tiger Lily Flower

Tiger Lily Flower

I wished I was as fresh as a Lily today but I feel more like a wilted flower. A friends wedding and a birthday party all in one night has zapped me of whatever life I had left! This is what happens when you hit your 40s. My mind thinks I can party but my body outright refuses. It tells me to crawl back into my cave where I belong…

Hope your Sunday will be more delightful than mine xx

Sketch of the day no 384: Tequila the (Ditsy) Dog

Tequila the dog

Tequila the dog

Tequila is my friend’s hyper active dog. She doesn’t sit still and she eats anything she can get to. She’s one of those dogs that if you leave a can of paint out, she will probably knock it over and eat it. She did that to a packet of curry powder. It was left on the kitchen counter by accident and she destroyed the packet and licked out every single bit of curry powder, and proceeded to vomit it out all over the floor. Not a smart thing to do for both owner and dog.

Do you have a crazy pet at home?

Andy the Vegetarian Ant Eater #FF

Andy the Ant Eater

Andy the Ant Eater

I developed this character a while back, along with Percy the Penguin and Terry the Tapir. This was the final one in the series of characters for kids. Andy is a warrior. He loves adventures and he is a defender of Peace. I added to his character that he is vegetarian ;p

Have a peaceful but adventure filled weekend!

Sketch of the day no 383: Penang Hawker Stall

Penang Hawker Stall

Penang Hawker Stall

Penang is famous for it’s street food sold from one of these push carts stalls. This one is all packed up and closed but it is really quintessentially Penang. Notice how the wheels are on bricks to stop it rolling and the gas tank at the front. I didnt draw it so clearly but at the top of the stall are boxes and newspapers.

If you get a chance, do try Penang food. It’s so good it’s been exported all over the world :)

MA-NA-VA-REH – Love and Loss in the Time of the Big Debate, a solo exhibition by Anurendra Jegadeva

Photo credit Wei Ling Gallery

Photo credit Wei Ling Gallery

I went to this exhibition last Friday at Wei Ling Contemporary. I am familiar with the artists work. He was one of the 15 artists that took part in the ‘National Cancer Society Malaysia Chairity 2014′ Campaign. Photo of the chair below. He manages to capture our society in images and gently pokes fun at it. I guess in a way he reminds me of the Iconic Grayson Perry, without the cross dressing. Both artists are social historians and they both cheekily poke fun at society in their own way.

You can decide for yourselves. Sorry My own photos I took from the exhibition werent very good but if you follow the links you can see clearer photos taken by the gallery.

Madonna Chair

Madonna Chair photo credit The Edge Gallerie

 

 

 

IMG_20140718_221741 IMG_20140718_221806 IMG_20140718_221815 IMG_20140718_221826

MA-NA-VA-REH – Love and Loss in the Time of the Big Debate, a solo exhibition by one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists Anurendra Jegadeva.

The artist’s inspiration for this exhibition derives from his grandmother who was a renowned wedding planner for all Hindu weddings in the 50s and 60s, in a small town of Teluk Intan, in the town’s Immigrant road Ganesh temple. She designed invitation cards, decorated venues and most significantly designed and built the Wedding Mana-va-reh or wedding dais/throne where the couple would sit through the wedding rituals and ceremonies.

In many ways, his inclination for the visual arts was inspired by imaginings of how – in his mind’s eye – with saw and brush in hand, his grandmother would build and paint the wedding dais which traditionally resembled ancient temple architecture of the gopuram, courtyards and central altar.

In the past, Anurendra Jegadeva’s practice has always been concerned with the relevance of painting within a contemporary art context as well as the human portrait since half a century of photography. In the last five years, he has become interested in extending the tradition of western painting to a myriad of influences extending from American comic book framing devices to the rich painted temple traditions of South India.

MA-NA-VA-REH is a room installation comprising of a large painted wedding dais made out of an intricate assemblage of painted panels, altar boxes, printed material, paintings on the walls and kolams on the floor, where visitors are encouraged to interweave through the installation to uncover the wonderful stories each and every work tells.

From old love letters to colonial ephemera and religious artifacts – both found and made – the construction will combine the various influences of the artist’s/our fragmented experience of being born in the East, being shaped by the West and the tensions of assimilation on the one hand and traditional and cultural identities on the other. Starting with the fabled tale of the negotiation between Garuda and the Angel Gabriel that demarcated Muslim and Hindu South East Asia the narrative extends through our colonial histories culminating in the post-colonial tensions within the modern histories of the Independence generations of the region.

Using the stories of Empire and migrant peoples, the artist also wishes for this `painted object’ to address the issues of belonging and community that has come to a head in the tense racial and religious climate that currently inflicts most of the region. Surrounding the dais is a series of paintings that question the idea of unions and the conditional love that is attached to them.

In making MA-NA-VA-REH the artist’s intention is first and foremost to push the boundaries of his art practice through the reinvention of his painting medium, but as importantly to explore the times we live in and always – how he fits within that scheme of things.

A Malaysian figurative artist and writer, Anurendra Jegadeva is regarded as one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists for his socio-political commentary on both local and current issues, and for continuously forging effective and fresh narrative approaches to contemporary and historical themes through his works.

Through the years J. Anu has exhibited a number of solo shows and has also participated in various group shows with Wei-Ling Gallery. The artist’s most recent solo show with the gallery was entitled “Letters to Mr. Hitler” which showed at The Arts House in Singapore in October 2012.

MA-NA-VA-REH – Love and Loss in the Time of the Big Debate will be showing at Art Stage 2014 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 15th January – 19th January 2014 and at Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur from 24th January – 1st March 2014. We very much look forward to seeing you there!

Wei-Ling Gallery is located at No.8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Wei-Ling Gallery is open on Mondays from 10am-6pm, Tuesdays – Fridays from 11am-7pm and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm.

Admission is free.
Please call 0322601106 or email weiling.shaz@gmail.com for more information.
You may also visit our website at http://www.weiling-gallery.com or our Facebook page at Wei-Ling Gallery

Below is a photo of Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry photo credit The Independent

Grayson Perry photo credit The Independent

Sketch of the day no 382: Harry the Dusky leaf monkey

Harry the Dusky Leaf Monkey

Harry the Dusky Leaf Monkey

This is a sketch of Harry the Dusky Leaf Monkey. My friend’s 6 year old son named him Harry, for obvious reasons. We met Harry a few months back when we were in transit on the island of Langkawi on our way to Koh Lipe. This little fella lives near the harbour and greets the passengers. I guess he’s friendly because we humans  feed him (and most likely with food he is not supposed to be eating)

These are funny looking monkeys. Everytime I see one, it makes me smile. They look like they are wearing make up and glasses. They are fairly common where I live.