Seeking Inspiration in Balik Pulau

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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An oil painting of a fishing village by Simon Tan.
Art does not spring from the artist alone, but also from his chosen surroundings. This is as true for the professional as it is for the amateur. Consciously or not, many artists have found their way to Balik Pulau, to settle and to create.Idyllic Balik Pulau, the last natural sanctuary on Penang Island, is evolving into a resort for artists.Several artists have started moving there to be far, far away from the madding crowd, to have their own studio-gallery in...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

art-writer and journalist, is 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.