Art Formosa Taipei 2017

a solo presentation by Kow Leong Kiang

30 Jun 2017 - 02 July 2017

G13 Gallery is pleased to present ‘Kow Leong Kiang’, a showcase exhibition at Art Formosa 2017. The artist, Kow Leong Kiang who is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has established himself as respected figurative painter back at home and neighboring countries. To this date, he has been involved in numerous amounts of art projects namely solo exhibitions, group shows, artist residency programs and talks which were held in the past both locally and at international level. The artist is no stranger to the land of Taiwan as he had participated in Art Taipei and Art Kaohsiung before. The showcase exhibition by the artist denotes his first stint at the Art Formosa as an exchange of honor and acknowledgement from one to another.

The exhibition is a continuation of the painter’s series of a Malay girl that significantly and visually represent the core idea to his body of work. More than just a muse, the portrayal of his portraiture is often brought forward by the artist to narrate the story of Malaysia through the perspective of culture and socio-political view. Despite the reiteration of the subject, the artist believes that just like the ever changing scene of the political landscape in his country, the revisit is not just worthy but also relevant. The only underlying difference is how time and space has influenced the whole thought process of the artist in relation to his way of narrating the idea.

The evolution of his every brushstroke, masterful techniques, either discovered or mastered, serves as a living testimony to the Malay girl series. The combination of his subtle and intricate rendering of the subject of multiple poses carries various display of emotion which is inexplicable at certain point; the fragile feeling of protruded and disturbed, tempted, confused and sometime absurd. Indirectly, these feelings metaphorically reflect his thought on his place of origin from the perspective of an artist, a member of a community, and as a person.

As an active participant of international art fairs, G13 Gallery has been playing a significant part in promoting what Malaysian art has to offer especially with the highlights that Southeast Asia region has been getting recently. Continuing the effort of working together with Kow Leong Kiang and other Malaysian artist has been both a blessing and honor to G13 gallery. G13 gallery is proud to present ‘Kow Leong Kiang’, a showcase exhibition by Kow Leong Kiang for Art Formosa 2017.

Red Lips |  紅唇

Red Lips | 紅唇

Kow Leong Kiang
76x60cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2016

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Red Lips | 紅唇

Kow Leong Kiang
76x60cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Sprout Head | 豆芽頭

Sprout Head | 豆芽頭

Kow Leong Kiang
76 x 60.5cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

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Sprout Head | 豆芽頭

Kow Leong Kiang
76 x 60.5cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Artist Statement

Living in a country that practices ‘Kleptocracy’ as opposed to democracy, the people are nothing but collateral damage to the corruptor. The oppression faced by the people puts them under a lot of pressure especially when democracy is yet to be met, justice is yet to be upheld and freedom is nowhere to be achieved. However, the artist wishes that the people will keep their hopes up, never give up on their dreams and keep believing because that ‘someday’ might arrive sooner than they expected.

Throughout the series of portraiture, the artist talks about the hopes and dreams of the people. The hardship endured by them can be metaphorically seen as ‘a sprout of dream’, wishing that it will eventually grow to become a big, strong tree.

“Dream may come through when people keep holding on to their beliefs and soon enough, the truth, freedom and democracy are within reach…”

Malayan Nights 1001 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1001

Malayan Nights 1001 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1001

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

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Malayan Nights 1001 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1001

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Artist Statement

The painter portrays his image collection of Malay girl in order to convey various displays of emotion which are; inexplicable, fragile, disturbed, tempted, confused and sometime absurd. Indirectly, these feelings reflect his thoughts on the local scenarios of his country as he demonstrates his current growth throughout his body of work.        

畫家利用自己拍攝的馬來少女肖像,將種種莫名、不安、誘惑、混亂、荒謬與脆弱的情緒加以描繪,虛擬出徘徊於暗示與彰顯之間的各種意識,也間接反映了畫家成长与生活之中目前政治不稳定的国度.

 

Malayan Nights 1002 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1002

Malayan Nights 1002 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1002

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x 61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

sold

Malayan Nights 1002 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1002

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x 61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Malayan Nights 1003 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1003

Malayan Nights 1003 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1003

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1003 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1003

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1004 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1004

Malayan Nights 1004 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1004

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1004 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1004

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1005 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1005

Malayan Nights 1005 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1005

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1005 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1005

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1006 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1006

Malayan Nights 1006 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1006

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

sold

Malayan Nights 1006 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1006

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Malayan Nights 1007 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1007

Malayan Nights 1007 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1007

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1007 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1007

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1008 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1008

Malayan Nights 1008 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1008

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1008 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1008

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1009 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1009

Malayan Nights 1009 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1009

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1009 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1009

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1010 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1010

Malayan Nights 1010 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1010

Kow Leong Kiang
142x90cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

sold

Malayan Nights 1010 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1010

Kow Leong Kiang
142x90cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Malayan Nights 1011 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1011

Malayan Nights 1011 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1011

Kow Leong Kiang
142x90cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1011 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1011

Kow Leong Kiang
142x90cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017
AVAILABLE

Malayan Nights 1012 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1012

Malayan Nights 1012 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1012

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2 x 61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

sold

Malayan Nights 1012 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1012

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2 x 61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Malayan Nights 1013 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1013

Malayan Nights 1013 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1013

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

sold

Malayan Nights 1013 | 馬來亞-夜譚之1013

Kow Leong Kiang
76.2x61cm
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
2017

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