Friday, February 22, 2008

First show of the year

Well, I've just returned from my painting trip up north which included Langkawi (and all the secret and beautiful sunset/sunrise spots) and the magnificent area in Yan, Kedah, where mountains, padi fields, rivers and sea meet!

The trip was quite productive but I was disappointed that the weather wasn't too great. More on that exciting trip later.

But for now, I'm extremely busy with my upcoming show entitled "Lights on the Water," launching at Alliance Francaise on 27 Feb, at 7 pm. It will continue right up till 12 March and will showcase some of my old and new works.





The featured painting here is titled "Sunrise on the Water - Tok Bali," a three-panel painting, each measuring 135 x 155 cm in oil, available for sale, and which perhaps due to its size, will be the piece de resistance of the show.


The writeup about the show which appears on the Alliance Francaise website is here:

Zainal Abidin Musa, one of Malaysia's up and coming artist, will be presenting at Alliance Fran├žaise de Kuala Lumpur a series of paintings in an exhibition titled, "Lights on the Water."

The paintings are seascapes and landscapes of places around Malaysia that has inspired the artist. Through his masterful use of colour, Zainal has succeeded in capturing on canvas the fleeting moments of places like Mersing, Perhentian Island and Redang Island, with poetic grace.

His studies of clouds and water are simple and focused. His compositions are "silent" except for the impression of moving clouds and waves, and rippling light on water, so audiences feel as though they are part of the paintings. These impressions of time and place, captured on canvas, are reminiscent of paintings from the French Impressionist period, of which he very much admires.

Some twenty pieces of oil and acrylic paintings will be on display – some of them measuring between seven and 14 feet long.

Zainal recently received the Passions International Art Award 2007 (1st Prize), and was a minor award winner in the 1983 Young Contemporary Artist competition endorsed by the National Art Gallery.
Admission is free.

Opening Hours: from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm
Venue: Alliance Fran├žaise de Kuala Lumpur, 15, Lorong Gurney, 54100 KL
Tel: 03-2694 7880

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