What now, after Teng (Sr)?

By Ooi Kok Chuen

September 2010 PENANG PALETTE
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The question whether artistic talent is natural or nurtured cannot be answered by looking at the Chuah family. Patriarch Chuah Thean Teng, famous for creating the genre of Batik Painting, died two years ago at the age of 96, leaving behind children and grandchildren, many of whom are artists in their own right. Art was too much a part of their milieu for anyone to know where natural talent ends and where social encouragement begins.Chuah Siew Teng – spontaneous and...

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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.