Abstract Painting: Two Ways of Seeing

Starmag, Sunday Star, Sunday 2 November 2008, feature written by Andrew Sia

KLPac, one view of the exhibition displaying  Numpueng’s paintings

KLPac another view of the exhibition displaying Victor’s paintings

Numpueng’s and my exhibition was put up yesterday. It will now be on display till 30 November, at the KLPac. It was not an easy task hanging 50 pictures on to the panels and the walls and also to make the hanging work together as two separate collections in the same space. We are happy that the paintings are finally out of our home and studio and will take on a new life of its own, at KLPac, for the next few weeks.

Andrew Sia, from the Sunday Star, last Sunday, gave us an in depth feature write up and it was such an impressive opening statement of our exhibition in the media and we hope his readers will be moved to come to visit and look at the paintings and find all sorts of visual surprises of their own.

The difficult part of producing the art works, over the months or years, in the solitude of one’s own studio or in company of fellow artist, is part of the artist’s work. The next stage is to decide when to show the artworks outside the confines of one’s own studio. But the hardest job of the artist (to me at least) is to find the group of art audience, dealers or collectors who are interested in one’s style of paintings (if one keeps changing styles and subjects as is in my case). Why?

As an artist, I tell myself that I ought not to copy my own successes of my previous works but need to constantly find new ways of seeing and to take on fresh subjects out side of the mainstream of art. This show will be a test to measure how well I have conceived and executed the Pulau Perhentian project.

Numpueng, on the other hand, has latent artistic talent. She does not loose sleeps over questions like what, when and how to paint. Her paintings show a great deal of self confidence and creativity and humour. Our son, Seenum, has a point when he says that he likes his mother’s painting better then Daddy’s. ‘Daddy’s painting are just … drips’.