Penang art: Chance, renewal and sustenance

By Ooi Kok Chuen

December 2009 PENANG PALETTE
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Padi Fields by Dr Chew Teng Beng
What is a city without its art? Being an old cosmopolitan centre, Penang has its fair share of successful artists, and more. But, despite its strong pulse, the future of its art is never certain.AFTER four years in Penang, Pahang-born Liew Choong Ching decided to move back to Kuala Lumpur in August this year. The move coincided with his seventh solo exhibition.At a time of economic turmoil, an impressive array of red dots denoting bookings of his works seems to...

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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.