Budding Artists of Penang, Stifled and Side-tracked

By Paul Ooi

October 2021 FEATURE
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“HERE WE ARE, just around the corner.” We park next to an idyllic stream in rural Balik Pulau, and walk through what seems to be a secret hideaway into an orchard of durian trees. “I used to come here alone to paint,” says Jason, in his usual reflective voice. I have known Jason my whole life, from a friendship forged at a small Standard 1 classroom in Batu Maung, but I never knew he painted.Unbeknownst to us at the time,...

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Paul Ooi

is a Penang-born, British musician and composer for the past 20 years. His return to Penang provides an alternative perspective; through the eyes of an outsider, yet sharing the same heritage.