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Blue and white ginger jar : Dragon meets dragonfly

Blue and white ginger jar

This piece is inspired when the Dragonfly came to my balcony and stayed overnight and only left after I started to paint again. Before her arrival, I was going through a bit of a mental block. I hadn’t been painting for 2 weeks and I didn’t know how to snap out of this feeling of despair. Sometimes, time out is needed. The stillness allows me to reflect and connect with the energy and nature around me in order to reboot and rebalance. ๐Ÿ™

Blue and White : Dragon meets dragonfly
Acrylic on acid free paper
Size: A4. Unframed.
SOLD

Durian flower with blue and white ginger jar

Blue and white ginger jar with crane and bat symbols

Blue and White : Red Durian flower with crane and bat
Acrylic on acid free paper
Size A4
RM 600 (USD 150)
(unframed)

Bat (fu ่ )
The bat is a symbol of happiness and joy. The Chinese for bat (fu ่ ) sounds identical to the word for good fortune(fu ็ฆ) making bats a popular Chinese rebuses.
Crane (he ้นค)
The crane is a symbol of longevity because it lives a long life and its white feathers stand for old age.
It also represents high status as the crane is regarded as โ€˜a bird of the first rankโ€™ in the imperial
hierarchy. Flying cranes symbolises a wish or hope to become an official in a higher position.

Source: British museum

Traditional Blue and white Chinese porcelaine jars were used to carry spices like ginger. In this painting, I have matched the fragrant Durian flower with this ginger jar because of the crane and bat motifs on the design. Bats are the main pollinators of the durian flower and the King of fruits is native to Malaysia.

Underneath the fullmoon

My art seeks to bring back the power of symbols which is an important part of my heritage. For someone who isn’t good at verbal communication, the power of visual language becomes the primary mode of communication.

Underneath the fullmoon โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’š
Gouache on paper
Size A4

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The Chinese rooster

Chinese rooster art

Rise above. The rooster in Chinese culture is considered an embodiment of five virtues: civil culture, martial qualities, courage, benevolence and trustworthiness. The rooster and the sun symbolises high achievement and is a lucky charm to ward off evil spirits.

Mixed media on watercolour paper
Size A4
SOLD

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Watch the art video here https://youtu.be/ErBuLMRNlJ8

The Penang Peranakan Phoenix

The Penang Peranakan Phoenix

The feminine phoenix in Peranakan culture is a mythical bird that not only brings transformation but only appears in places where there is peace, prosperity and happiness. It is a symbol of beauty and grace. ๐ŸŒบ

The stencil street art is located in George town Penang on Lorong Lumut towards Lorong Toh Aka.

What and where is your favourite street art? .

Another article about my art exhibition Treasures of a Straits Chinese At G hotel Gurney Penang in the Edge options magazine.

Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition at G hotel Gurney

Another article about my art exhibition in the Edge options magazine, Malaysia.

Thank you for the feature. As an artist, it makes me so happy to see my first solo exhibition ‘Treasures of a Straits Chinese’ so well received โค๏ธ

Today is the final day to view my exhibition at G hotel Gurney Penang, Malaysia.
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Sketch of the day no 1172 in my moleskine art journal: basket of oranges

Happy Chap Goh Meh. ‘Nian Hua’ illustration

Happy Chap Goh Meh. Today is the last day of Chinese New Year and traditionally we throw oranges into the sea to find a soul mate. It is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day. I’m throwing this whole basket in just to be safe ๐Ÿ˜‚

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a basket of oranges.

Sketch of the day no 1171 in my moleskine art journal: carp lantern

Follow the light home. ‘Nian Hua’ illustration

Follow the light home. Tomorrow is the full moon and last day of the Lunar new year which is celebrated by lighting lanterns.
Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of s symbolic carp lantern

Check out your Chinese Zodiac for the new year in this months Harper’s Bazaar by Joey Yap. Illustrations by me

Harpers bazaar zodiac Feb 2018
Chinese Zodiac for Harper’s Bazaar. Horoscope by Joey Yap. Illustrations by BulanLifestyle

Check out your Chinese Zodiac for the new year in this months Harper’s Bazaar by Joey Yap. Illustrations by me.

Click here to read the digital copy: http://harpersbazaar.my/culture/love-luck-will-like-2018-according-chinese-zodiac/12/

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