ARTIST STATEMENT 

 

My art practice - which comprises artworks and writing - is part of an inward journey towards self-discovery and spiritual awareness. The process of making art subdues the logical mind and creates a conducive space for introspection. My work explores the source and nature of existential reality. The colours, shapes, and lines in the artworks have a soft language infused with the essence of my contemplation.  Although the two elements of my work appear discrete, they are in fact inextricably intertwined. 


Inspiration to create comes by way of thoughts and feelings that prompt me to express what is going on inside me in a non-objective way using only the imagination. I do not look to external sources for stimuli. My self- expression is reflective of a naive and untutored approach to making art; it employs asymmetrical forms, purposeful colours, and lyrical lines to create compositions that are intended to reach out and reawaken childlike qualities in the audience: curious, playful, open-minded, imaginative, and adaptable.

My formative style was mainly influenced by South East Asian textile and Australian Aboriginal art. The present style is influenced by painters like Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky, and Joan Miro. In the history of art practice, my style appears to be influenced by a blend of modern and contemporary art. The modern art being the Avant-Garde period (1910-1930) when movements such as Suprematism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, and Surrealism flourished. The contemporary art being artists like Cy Twombly who used written text, poems, mythology, and existential philosophy as a conceptual foundation for their abstract art.

Click HERE for introspective poems. Click HERE for a diagram of existential reality. 

INFLUENCE

 

South-East Asian Textile, Australian Aboriginal Art, Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Bauhaus, Surrealism.

Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Kazimir Malevich, Hilma Klint.  

 

QUALIFICATION / EDUCATION

 

Solicitor, Victoria, Australia

Advocate & Solicitor, Malaysia

Barrister, England & Wales (Lincoln's Inn)

Leicester University (U.K.) L.L.B (Hons) 

 

EXHIBITION / SHOW

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Group, Space2B

Solo, Art @ St Francis

Solo, Bird's Gallery

Group, Brunswick Street Gallery

Group, No Vacancy Gallery

Warranwood Art Show 

Art Lounge, Cambridge Studio Gallery

Group, Studio 2, Northcote Town Hall

Solo, Brightspace Gallery

Group, Melbourne Exhibiting Artists

Parallax (13) Art Fair, London
Solo, Bird's Gallery
Vogue Apartments @ South Yarra
Society Apartments @ South Yarra
Group, Gallery #9 

 

FEATURE

 

Bluethumb (Australia) – Featured Artist

Contemporary Art Book (GAA - UK) Vol II

Artfinder (London) –  'Art of the Day' 

Artfinder (London) – Featured Artist 

 

PRESS

 

'Lawyer's First Love' (Melbourne)
'From Legal to Semi-Abstract Realm' 
(Malaysia)

 

* Detailed CV available on request

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