Calmness caught in epic colours

By Ooi Kok Chuen

December 2015 PENANG PALETTE
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Syed Thajudeen.
Syed Thajudeen grew up on both sides of the Bay of Bengal. The stories, the sights and the sounds of the region resonate starkly in his paintings.Syed Thajudeen’s art is forged in the confluences of catalytic changes. When young, he savoured the euphoria of Independence in India (1947) and then in Malaya (1957), and also witnessed the formation of Malaysia (1963). He was fortunate to be spared the excesses of the Japanese Occupation (1941-1945) and the May 13, 1969 internecine...

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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.