2021: A Year the Bell Tolled and Tolled for the Art World

By Ooi Kok Chuen

February 2022 PENANG PALETTE
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Sylvia Lee Goh.
AS COVID-19 spread throughout 2021, the death toll of artists the world over was surprisingly high. Just listing the names of deceased artists would fill up the allotted pages in this column. So, except for the local cases, only the notables are mentioned below.The local obituary is headed by Sylvia Lee Goh (b. 1940), the Dragon Lady of Malaysian Art who animated her Peranakan heritage and her luscious Secret Garden onto canvas. Sylvia, who had two significant solos in her...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.