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July 2014

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




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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 for more information.
You may also visit our website at 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.

Countdown to George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia this August #GTF2014

George town festival 2014
George town festival 2014

A good reason to travel to Penang next month.

The whole of August 2014 celebrates George Town’s listing as a Unesco Heritage Site. George Town festival is an arts and culture festival showcasing local and international talent. Traditionally Penang was an important trading port where different cultures met and merged creating this melting pot of culture and unique heritage.

Here are some of the events I will be going to.

Thomas Powell Zodiac
12 Zodiacs by Thomas Powell

Thomas Powell Facebook Page

Daniel Brinsmead
Project 9 A collaboration by Daniel Brinsmead and Maxime Rhapsody

Daniel Brinsmead Facebook Page

Merging links between 2 cities by We are artists

We are Artists Facebook Page

2 Houses
2 Houses – A play by Sin-Pen colony

Sin – Pen Colony Facebook page

Tedx Weld Quay
Tedx Weld Quay

Tedx Weld Quay website

Come close at Hin Bus Depot
Come close at Hin Bus Depot

Hin Bus Depot Facebook Page


George Town Festival is a month-long festival that has turned into a proudly Penang arts institution. From its start as a series of arts and culture events in celebration of George Town’s listing as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008, George Town Festival was mooted and celebrated its first inauguration in 2010.

Since then, we have had the privilege of hosting spectacular events spanning the arts – from world-class performances to cross-cultural creative collaborations, experimental art, traditional and contemporary performing arts, as well as exciting local community initiatives and public installations.

Our mission is to become the platform for culture and the arts in South-East Asia, with a focus on George Town’s unique perspectives. For the festival month, the city becomes a canvas where performers and audiences transform spaces within it with venues ranging from auditoriums to  five-foot ways, colonial shop-houses to sidewalk galleries.

The festival continues to offer the best possible experience through our core beliefs of Collaboration, Community, Reinvention and Accessibility, intriguing audiences with our various free and ticketed events.

George Town Festival 2014 will take place during the entire month of August.”

Sketch of the day no 380: Peter the Peace Loving Pelican #Moleskine

Peter the Peace Loving Pelican
Peter the Peace Loving Pelican

This is the original sketch of Peter the Pelican in my Moleskine sketchbook. Below is the Digitally enhanced version I posted a few days ago.

Peter the Pelican Peace, Love, Unity
Peter the Pelican Peace, Love, Unity
Peter the pelican tote
Peter the pelican tote

Peter the Pelican tote available from Society 6 shop

Join Artists for Peace. The cover of my #MOLESKINE sketchbook says it all

Moleskine Peace Notebook
Moleskine Peace sketchbook

I have joined the Artists4Peace movement. You can too. Click the link below for more info


“Artists using intelligence and creativity to foster and spread peace and love throughout the world. We can work TOGETHER to bring about change!

Artists 4 Peace is an International project.  Artists from all over the world are contributing to the blog and we are truly proving that ART MATTERS.”


I think it is fate that I met these fabulous bloggers Gigi from Rethinking Life and Melanie from Wordifull who started this peace movement. Coincidentally the photo above is of the cover of my sketchbook. Peace and love to you all xoxo

Peter the Pelican~ Peace Love Unity

Don”t you think we need more PEACE, LOVE and UNITY in this world?


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Peace Love Unity

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Sketch of the day 379: Magnolia #Moleskine

Sketch of magnolia
Sketch of magnolia

I am so happy to be sketching again. It calms and grounds me just as meditation would. I went to Thailand a few years ago to learn how to meditate in the hills of Loie province. It was the best thing I ever did, but then all good things come to an end. I forgot to continue practicing, so now the benefits have been lost. Meditation is something I want to start practicing again. It helps me focus and filter out the noise.

Sketch of the day no 378: Birds of Paradise. Strelitzia Reginae #Moleskine

Sketch of birds of paradise

Back to sketching flowers in my moleskine notebook. My favourite subject. They are so beautiful and every single one perfect yet different. This is one of my favourite flowers, and my mum’s as well. Birds of Paradise or Strelitzia Reginae. It is a tropical flower, structural, striking orange with purple highlights. The flower resembles the birds of paradise.

MH17 Malaysian plane crash over Ukraine. How could this happen?


I just heard this shocking and heartbreaking news. This is the second Malaysian airlines plane that crashed this year. This is a huge tragedy for our country and for everyone whose family was on board.

I am deeply saddened. My prayers go out to the families of MH17.



Media Statement : MH17 Incident

Released at 12:30am/18 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 (GMT) at 30km from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border.

Flight MH17 operated on a Boeing 777 departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm (Amsterdam local time) and was estimated to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.10 am (Malaysia local time) the next day.

The flight was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew onboard.

More details to follow.


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