THE twin tapestry of panoramic muralsized paintings on show stretched some 36 ft (triptych), and consisted of newly deeply etched portraits with impasto eddies. It is a fitting accolade for an artist whose prominence comes from his wish to capture landscapes of places and of the heart and soul through the landscape of faces.
The Peter Liew Retrospective at Wisma Soka Gakkai Malaysia encompassed some 42 years since his extant 1976 oil, Padang River (signed “Kavi” as an acronym of “Kar Wooi”), a placid river in his hometown Pekan Getah in Tapah at the foothills of Cameron Highlands. There are paintings of landscapes, architectural heritage, portraits and sketches which date from as early as 1978.
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