The early shophouses of the 1920s/30s in Kuala Lumpur would look similar to this one at the cross roads of Jalan Sultan and Jalan Petaling. This is a painting of the building along No.18 Jln Sultan that i did 20 years ago. This vernacular architecture example will not make it as a Malaysian national heritage by the standards of the ruling powers but many will regard this as an everyday heritage, treasured only by the older residents of this area. This artwork is a commemoration of the people who help build the city with blood, sweat and tears.
The collection of my 64 watercolours of Malaysian and Singapore shophouse facades, done 25 years ago, had an outing at the Red Studio gallery in Petaling Jaya, 14 to 29 June, 2017. It was the first time in 25 years the whole collection was exhibited in Kuala Lumpur. There was much interest to those who knew my artworks before and also a chance for many new one to know the architectural heritage of our cities.
Mantin village was there before Malaysia’s Independance in 1957. It is an early Chinese settlement, over a 100 yers old, thriving at one time but not almost forgotten, in the state of Negeri Sembilan. There are still a few traditional families there fighting to continue to keep their homes from forced eviction. Their families hard work to help build the country is all but neglected and unjust. To read more
Rakan Mantin and villagers in front of grandma Kong’s house one of the oldest families there.
The collection of 64 watercolours was done twenty years ago and they will be on exhibition again this week in Petaling Jaya…these visuals will lighten up the darkness of their threatening disappearance from many older Malaysian streets… read more here