Monday, August 06, 2012

Sunday, May 22, 2005

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Art as an investment
BY THEAN LEE CHENG

Art means different things to people living in different eras in different places. Much of the work done by artists in centuries past were commissioned by the wealthy or by the church. They wanted a more ornamental ceiling or their beloved captured on canvas in an era when the camera was yet to be invented.

And so artists like Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and many others, went to work. And as society and the world evolved, their works eventually became known as art, like the bison on the cave walls of the pre-historic man.

Not all of what you value may be works of art. Not every piece you pay good money for is art. Man is naturally drawn to beauty, or their perspective of what is pleasing to the eye. And this is where the word “collection” comes in.

As a child enjoys looking at her collection of shells, an art collector derives pleasure in a piece of “art”. And so their respective collection begins as an appreciation.

Along the way, when money is involved, it becomes an investment. Man has a tendency to want things to go up and that includes what they have collected.

The wealthy have become the preservers of art and this includes Malaysian individuals like architect, the late Datuk Kington Loo, and Malaysia’s first woman ambassador and Southeast Asian Ceramic Society chairman Datuk P G Lim. Bank Negara Malaysia is the biggest corporate collector.

For centuries, works of art have been bought, collected and auctioned throughout the Western world, says artist Dr Jolly Koh, who spent a good many years studying and later lecturing abroad.

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Koh
“There is something vulgar talking about art as an investment. There is a clear distinction between the price of art and its investment value. A piece of art, or painting, can cost RM100 or RM10,000.”

Koh, an artist from the 1960s and among the first to have formal art education abroad asks rhetorically: “Why is art expensive? And what is its investment value? You cannot conflate them. They are two different questions.

“Art is expensive because in any society, only the upper echelons value art. They value beauty. Art gives expression to the society’s values and core beliefs. Different art gives different expressions.”

Koh says whether a piece is expensive or cheap is relative. High art is expensive relatively to a person’s salary of RM2,000 a month. Art is not expensive relative to a BMW.

Koh says people here will buy a BMW but will balk at spending RM20,000 on a painting.

If one were to compare Malaysian art to a contemporary in Europe or Australia, the latter would be about triple or 10 times the price.

National Art Gallery director Rahime Harun says Malaysian art lacks demand for various reasons, chiefly because of the absence of an active secondary auction market.

“We do not have to go far for comparison. Look at Indonesia,” he says.

According to Christie’s Hong Kong, the highest value of a painting by an Indonesian artist ever sold by Christie’s was Raden Sarief Bastaman Saleh’s The Deer Hunt which went S$3.08mil in March 1996.

This compares with the highest value of a painting by Malaysian artist, Siew Hock Meng’s Dancer with Gamelan Orchestra, which went for S$73,612 (including premium) last April

As for works by Latiff Mohideen, the highest value, which Christie’s sold, was S$40,250 (including premium) for the Pago Pago series in October 1998.

Says Rahime: “Indonesia has an active auction market since 1930s and this is obvious when one compares prices of Indonesian and Malaysian works.

The lack of channels of distribution in Malaysia, however, does not mean art has no investment value. It is an untapped asset class.”

So how does one approach art?

“You must like it. Malaysians like bright, pretty colours and photographic works. They don’t like abstract.

“Whatever it may be, you are going to hang it on a wall and allow it to be a source of emotional sustenance and pleasure. You display it for your enjoyment. (On the other hand) You keep an investment in a safe deposit box,” says Koh.

Koh says art with potential investment value could cost between RM10,000 and RM20,000 a piece.

“Ask around. Who are the artists with pieces that are underpriced? Overpriced? Do some research and after 10 to 20 years, if it is a blue chip, there is a good chance of it having good investment value. That is how one should approach art,” says Koh who has made art his business for decades.

Those who have regular exposure have seen the value of their works increase. The works of Ibrahim Hussein, Chuah Thean Teng, Yong Mun Sen and Latiff Mohideen, for example, fetch better prices than others because of this reason.

Hussein Ibrahim’s work was priced between RM6,000 and RM9,000 in the early and mid 1970s. They now cost hundreds of thousands.

Chuah’s works were priced about RM3,000 in the 1970s but are RM30,000 and above today. Prices, he says, are not arbitrary.

“We must create an inclination for people to collect and enjoy art. The oil companies used to collect but no more.

“Today, the biggest collectors are banks. Besides an active auction for the secondary art market, Malaysia also needs a society to value them before they come under the auctioneer’s hammer, and an art collectors’ club,” says Rahime.

Note: Christie’s Hong Kong Spring 2005 sale of Southeast Asian and Chinese paintings, jewellery and watches and other works of art will be held at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong between May 29-June 1.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

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Name: Galeriiizu
Address: No. 3, Lorong Tinggian Tunku, Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 019 - 611 6435
Email: izu@galleriiizu.com
URL: http://galleriiizu.com/

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Name: Gallerie TAKSU
Address: 17, Jalan Pawang, Bukit Keramat, 54000, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 603-4251 4396
Fax: 603-4251 4331
Email: taksu@taksu.com
URL: http://www.taksu.com
Opening Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 am - 6 pm; closed Sun & Mon
Rental Fee:
Art exhibitions - RM6500
Private Dinner and Luncheon Functions; BBQ Dinner and Luncheon - RM2500
Cocktail Parties and Receptions - RM2500
# Technical Specs: Seating capacity: 70pax
# Exhibition areas: Main Hall (7.69m x 5.70m); 2nd Hall (4.20m x 3.90m); 3rd Hall (5.95m x 4.15m); 4th Hall (9.87m x 5.35m)
# Lighting and sound equipment - halogen rail spotlights, individual halogen spotlights, Bose sound system and cordless mic
# Swimming Pool
# Private Dinner, Exhibitions, Private Luncheons, BBQ Dinner and Luncheon: 20-70pax
# Cocktail Parties and Receptions: 50-200pax


Description:

The Gallery began operation in 1994 but traces its origins back to 1989 when Suherwan Abu and Alan Wong began to amass a private collection of contemporary Indonesian artworks. Several years later, the initial investment paid off and the artists represented by the Gallery gained acclaim.

In 1994, the Gallery was opened with a new partner YM Tunku Nina Mansur and its first show by Javanese painter Rachmansjah received critical acclaim.

The Gallery aspires to be an avenue through which art can be shared, experienced and enjoyed. Already the Gallery has an excellent reputation as a location for dinner parties, cocktails and of course, an art gallery with a difference.

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Name: Gallery @ Starhill
Address: 4th Floor, Starhill Centre, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-21433323
Email:
Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm
Description: The Gallery @ Starhill showcases a collection of original paintings and sculptures by established Malaysian artists like Eng Tay, Khalil Ibrahim, Ismail Latiff and Chong Hon Fatt. It also features paintings by up and coming artists like Jack Ting, Kam Woei Yann & Yap Chin Hoe.


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Name: Islamic Arts Museum
Address: Jalan Lembah Perdana, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2274 2020
Fax: 03-2274 0529
Email: info@iamm.org.my
URL: http://www.iamm.org.my
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays and Public Holidays (10am-6pm); Closed on Mondays.
Rental Fee: 1. Auditorium size: 460 sq.m. Seats 247 people. Suitable for a range of academic and entertainment programmes.

Usage Per hour RM200/hour

Half day (4 hours) RM200/hour

Whole day (8hours) RM200/hour

Discount Negotiable

2. Inverted Dome Pavilion size: 648 sq.m

With exclusive and elegant ambience, it is a wonderful venue to hold receptions, dinners, product launches, press conferences.

Usage Per hour Rm250/hour

Half day (4 hours) RM250/hour

Daily (8 hours) RM250/hour

Discount Negotiable

3. Special Gallery I and II size: 576 sq.m

Primarily intended for artistic exhibitions, it is also an alternative venue for other events such as conferences, art and product exhibitions, dinners, etc.

Usage Per hour RM230/hour

Half day (4 hours) RM230/hour

Daily (8 hours) RM230/hour

Weekly Monthly Negotiable

Price quoted is for rental of space only. It does not include decorations or other facilities except fixed lighting. Special arrangements can be made for long term rental and catering requirements.

Technical Specs: Please call IAMM for complete technical details.

Description: The Museum which was founded in 1998, is the only Museum of its kind to be built in the Asia Pacific region as a showcase for the arts and cultures of Islam.

IAMM is situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's tourist belt amidst the lush greenery and within walking distance to the National Mosque, Bird Park and National Planetarium.

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia aims to be the Custodian, Restorer, Preserver and Educator of Islamic Arts. It is a non-profit organisation protecting and preserving priceless works of art so as not to deprive our young.

With a built-up area of more than 22,000 m2 and costing over RM70 million, it houses some of the most precious and timeless work of Islamic art reflecting the achievements, aspirations and cultural conviction of one of the greatest civilisations in the history of mankind.

Apart from existing and previously acquired artefacts, exhibits in the custody of the Museum comprise of private collections that are donated, sponsored and loaned on a temporary basis. The Museum has also allocated a large conservation area for the preservation and restoration of manuscripts metal work, woodwork, stone ceramics, textiles, carpets and rugs.

The Museum is embarking on a long term plan to provide programmes and facilities relating to works on calligraphy, ceramics and woodwork to benefit all interest groups from the young to the elderly.

Entrance Fee : Adults (RM8); Visitors below 18 & Students of Higher Learning (RM4); Malaysian Senior Citizens & Students in uniform in a group of 30 & above (RM3); Children below 6 (Free)

Free Admission to: Museum Shop/Restaurant & Museum Café / Children's Library / Art Workshop

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Name: Kafe Kayu Manis
Address: Lot G9, Level 2, Block G, 50490, Pusat Bandar Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-255 9429

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Name: Mun Sen Art Gallery
Address: 10-1 & 12-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2282 8321
Fax: 03-2282 8321
Email: munsen@tm.net.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat (12pm-9pm)

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Name: Nikko Galleria
Address: 1st Floor, Nikko Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-261 1111

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Name: NN Gallery
Address: 53A & 56A, Jalan Sulaiman 1, Taman Ampang Hilir, 68000, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-4270 6588
Fax: 03-4270 3357
Email: ngaleri@pc.jaring.my
URL: http://www.nngallery.com.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm
Rental Fee: Please call to discuss.
Technical Specs: The exhibition area covers 8000 sq. feet. The viewing area is slit into two levels, with a strategic void placed in the center of the first floor to give a sense of space. It is primarily a venue for art exhibitions but has been used to hold a charity concert, and is a location for television commercials and dramas. It seats 60-80 people.

Description: The gallery was officially opened by Syed Nabil Syed Nahar and his sister Sharifah Nor Akmar in early 1995. Syed Nabil, an art historian who obtained his Masters in Art from Sotheby's in London is the creative director of the gallery whilst Sharifah Nor Akmar, an economist by profession, oversees the administration of the gallery. Its aim is to create greater awareness and advance Malaysian and South East Asian art. At the same time NN Gallery serves as a platform for local artists to express their creativity and talent.

NN Gallery predominantly promotes Malaysian artists. It has an eclectic and and interesting collection of works by established and young upcoming artists. Works of art are not confined to paintings alone, but include installation art, sculptures, media art and antique textiles. The gallery specializes in abstract and expressionist art and amongst the artists they represent are Zulkifli Yusoff and Tan Chin Kuan - both internationally acclaimed artists. Whilst works of famed senior artists - Yeoh Jin Leng, Chung Chen Sun, Cheong Laitong, Jolly Koh, Long Thien Shih and Sharifah Fatimah Zubir are regularly displayed.

(includes extracts from "Roundabout Art in Kuala Lumpur" written by Shireen Naziree and published on kulture.com.my in January 2001).

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Name: Orangutan House
Address: 2000 SZENTENDRE, BERCSÉNYI UTCA 7, Hungary, my
Phone: +36-26-300667
Email: orangutanhouse@enternet.hu
URL: http://www.charlescham.com
Description: The Orangutan House displays painting by Malaccan artist, Charles Cham..Here, you can view lots of primitive art, not forgetting modern pop-art.

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Name: Pelita Hati Art Gallery
Address: No. 18, Jalan Tempinis, Lucky Garden Bangsar, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2283 6394
Fax: 03-2283 6394
Email: elina@pc.jaring.my
URL: http://http://welcome.to/pelitahati
Opening Hours: Open Monday to Fridays 10.00am - 6.00pm, Saturdays 11.00am - 4pm.
Rental Fee: No rental
Description: Established in 1995, Pelita Hati Gallery is owned by Tengku Elina Azzizudin. Housed in a bungalow at the quieter end of Kuala Lumpur's fashionable Bangsar Baru, Pelita Hati Gallery offers art consultancy and corporate design services. The gallery is well known for showcasing the works of emerging artists whose talents have often been personally sourced by Tengku Elina herself.

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Name: Picture This & That
Address: 183, Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2145 2430
Fax: 03-2145 2479
Email: info@picturethisthat.com.my
URL: http://www.picturethisthat.com.my
Opening Hours: PT&T works strictly by appointment.
Description:

Best known for its black & white people photography and artistic photography, Picture This & That is photography studio cum gallery. It provides corporate, children, lifestyle & design, outdoor, studio and wedding photography services. It also offers darkroom workshops, videography, and wedding event coordination services.

As a venue, Picture This & That offers a spacious garden wiith ample parking and central access, for events like weddings, birthdays, press conferences and launches, Family Day picnics, and other types of celebrations.

For the year 2003, Picture This & That wishes to make available one of its bungalows for the purpose of an artist studio program. PT&T is fully supportive of the artist's role in community projects. Working in tandem with independent organizations, galleries or corporate bodies for the purpose of funding and sponsorship of the program.

Program Objectives
The key objectives of the Picture This & That Studio Program:
1. collaborate with other art agencies in their existing program;
2. provide residential studios for rent preferably for contemporary visual artists in a variety of media, particularly in video, photography and film-making;
3. facilitate professional development opportunities for artists wherever possible;
4. provide facility working space for artists;
5. enable artistic exchanges and interaction.

Picture This & That wishes to see a mix of:
1. emerging and established artists;
2. artists from Malaysia and overseas;
3. artists from diverse cultural backgrounds;
4. art and design forms appropriate to the studio space.

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Name: Private Gallery
Address: Section 16, 46350, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, my
Phone: 603-7958 2175
Email: stag@tm.net.my
URL: http://www.theprivategallery.com
Opening Hours: Viewing by appointment only
Rental Fee: Open to discussion
Technical Specs: Gallery area: 60' x 20'

Description: The Private Gallery started in 1997, to promote the idea of 'living with art'. Its collection features canvases (oils and acrylics), paper works (mixed media etc.), photographs and sculpture. The artists represented range from very established figures to newer talents, mainly from Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

The gallery has been featured in numerous publications, including Tatler Malaysia (October 1998), Masterpiece (March 1999), Home Concepts (September 1999), E & O Magazine (July 2001), and Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia (January 2004).

The gallery has represented Malaysian artists: Eric Peris, Ilse Noor, Khalil Ibrahim, Chin Kon Yit, Tajuddin Ismail, J. Anurendra, Chan Thim Choy, Yeoh Kean Thai, Muhd Fauzul Yusri, Shia Yih Yiing, Teoh Joo Ngee, Siow Yin Yoong; Sri Lankan artists: Leela Bandaranaike Peries, Shehan Madawela, Druvinka Madawela, Stanley Kirinde; Indian artists: Shamshad Husain; and British artists: Sir Roy Calne.


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Name: Pucuk Rebung
Address: Pucuk Rebung, Gallery-Museum, Lot 302-A, Level 3, Ampang Mall, Suria KLCC, 50088, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 603-382 0769, 382 1109
Fax: 603-382 1108
Email: pre@maxis.net.my
URL: http://www.pucukrebung.com
Description: Specialist in Malaysian & Malay Artforms.

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Name: Reka Art Space
Address: GL29, Block C, Kelana Square, 17 Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya, Selangor, my
Phone: 03-7880 5982
Fax: 03-7875 8006
Email: sekthim@reka-art.com
URL: http://www.reka-art.com
Opening Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 am - 5 pm
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Technical Specs: Please call for more information.

Description:

Conveniently located just off the LDP in Kelana Jaya, Reka Art Space offers exhibition space and art classes, and accepts portrait commissions.

"Reka Art Space aims to dispel the sense of exclusivitiy often associated with art by establishing a space that is more open and communal in nature," says owner, Chee Sek Thim, a KL-based artist and theatre practitioner.

The gallery itself focusses on artists who have previously been outside the collector's circuit. These include artists with special needs, fresh graduates, and artists who have not actively exhibited their work before.

Art classes are also offered in the adjoining studio at Reka Art Space. Packaged with the working adult in mind, the classes offered are structured as short 4-week modules.

"My aim is to make art and the experience of art making, one that is non-intimidating and accessible to all," says Chee, who has been an art educator since 1990.

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Name: Rimbun Dahan
Address: Kilometer 27, Jalan Kuang, Kuang, Selangor, my
Phone: 03-6038 3690
Email: ajh@pd.jaring.my

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Name: Sandra Knuyt Art Gallery & Shoppe
Address: Level 1, Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, my
Phone: 603-2032 4073
Email:
Opening Hours: Open daily: 9 am - 10:30 pm
Description: Permanent collection of latest original paintings by Flemish painter, Sandra Knuyt. Sandra Knuyt original design fine porcelain & glass collections, beachwear, selected accessories and limited-edition gifts.

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Name: Seksan Design
Address: No. 67 Jalan Tempinis 1, Lucky Garden, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-22824611
Fax: 03-22820366
Email: mail@seksan.com

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Name: Silver Gelatin
Address: 34-B, Jalan SS2/67, 47300, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, my
Phone: 03-7877 1477
Email: silvergelatin@pd.jaring.my

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Name: SpaceKraft
Address: Benteng1, River Walk, 50050, 20, Jalan Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 019-351 1975
Email: spacekraft@maxis.net.my

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Name: Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery
Address: Lot 347, Ground Floor, Rainforest, 1 - UTAMA Shoping Centre (New Wing), Bandar Utama, 47800, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, my

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Name: TINTA Gallery
Address: 8, Lengkok Abdullah, 59000, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2283 4008
Email: fnor@pd.jaring.my

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Name: TJ Fine Art
Address: D.08G Plaza Damas, Jln Sri Hartamas 1 , 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, my
Phone: 603-6201 4718
Email:
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 1 pm – 6.30 pm; Sat & Sun by appointment; closed on public holidays.
Description: TJ Fine Art was founded by well-known contemporary Malaysian artist, Tajuddin Ismail in June 2004. The gallery is managed by Puan Khaliah Ismail, who is also the managing Director and co-founder of the gallery.

The gallery was set up to exclusively showcase Tajuddin Ismail’s works as well as works by a host of selected contemporary artists from Asia, Europe, America and Latin America.

Artists featured by TJ Fine Art are not only regarded as serious and established, but their works also have a strong personal direction, style and universal appeal. TJ Fine Art also exhibits works by selected contemporary designers and architects. Apart from the organising, promoting, and selling of fine art works and artefacts, TJ Fine Art also provides fine art consultancy services and projects to architects, interior designers and individuals. We also conduct artist workshops and seminars on art, craft and design to the general public.

TJ Fine Art seeks to contribute to Malaysian cultural life by offering artworks of high quality, presenting worthwhile exhibitions and lectures, and by publishing scholarly catalogues. The gallery will also act as a platform for novice art lovers to discover more about fine arts through the works of established artists.

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Name: TMS Art Gallery
Address: No.12 Jalan Wangsa Budi 4, Wangsa Melawati,, 53300, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 6019-2544 128 (Cecilia)
Email: emilia@tmsart.com
URL: http://www.tmsart.com
Opening Hours: By appoinment only
Description: Established in 2003 by Emilia Tan M.S. She herself is a textile and fashion designer. She travelled around Asia in a journey of exploration to find her way in life and studied about other countries' cultures and humanism. After travelling for a few years, she is now working as a batik artist after studying batik painting from Ms.Fatimah Chik, one of the Malaysian Famous Batik Artist.

Mission Statement
To promote, develop, gain explore and acceptable for young contemporary artists.

Objectivities
1.Obtain create opportunities for artists together, share, discuss and exhibit art works and ideas.
2.Provide outlets where customers are exposed to art work for viewing and purchasing. Such environments can be used to bring together artists and public to develop an understanding, appreciation, and free flow of ideas.
3. Educate develop appreciate and provide practical teaching of art techniques to other public.

Methodology
1. Develop forums for artists to meet where free flow of ideas are encouraged, discussion held and exhibitions promoted.
2. Create workshops for general public to be educated and taught practical lessons in art appreciation and technique.
3. Provide environments where artists and public meet for the promotion and sale of art works

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Name: Tomlinson Collection Bangsar Gallery
Address: 30, Jalan Telawi Lima, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2283 2196
Fax: 03-2283 2181
Email: tomlinson@tomlinson-collection.com
URL: http://www.tomlinson-collection.com
Opening Hours: 11am-7pm daily
Description:

Tomlinson Collection was founded in the 1970s in Singapore. With over 30 years of experience in antiques, Tomlinson Collection has steadily built up an excellent reputation as a leading oriental antique specialist in Asia, with fine galleries in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila.

Known for its distinctive selection of quality oriental works of arts, the Tomlinson Collection features Chinese antique furniture, imperial robes, textiles, ceramics and Terracotta figurines of the Han, Ming and Tang dynasties. This also includes Khmer sculptures, Indian arts, Japanese Okimono, thangka and antique Buddha images from various parts of Asia. Successful exhibitions are held regularly by Tomlinson Collection at its various galleries around Asia.

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Name: Townhouse Gallery
Address: 19A, Jalan Medang Tanduk, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2094 3381
Email: townhouse@townhouse-gallery.com
URL: http://www.townhouse-gallery.com
Opening Hours: Open seven days a week. Viewing is by appointment only. Please call for an appointment.
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Technical Specs: Please call for more information.

Description: Set up primarily as a studio and space for Lim Wei-Ling to work and exhibit her paintings, the gallery is situated in a townhouse in Bangsar.

The Gallery occupies 3½ levels of floor space and is open to both local and foreign artists to display and exhibit their works. The space is also available for other art related activities and private functions.

The owners' intention is to support the appreciation of arts and culture, and to allocate a specific portion of the proceeds from each exhibition in support of various worthy causes and charities including towards animal welfare and rights.

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Name: Valentine Willie Fine Art
Address: 1st Floor, 17, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2284 2348
Fax: 03-2282 5190
Email: valentine@artsasia.com.my
URL: http://www.artsasia.com.my
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 12-8pm, Saturday 12-6pm, Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Rental Fee: The gallery is available for rent for special events. Please contact: rachel@artsasia.com.my for details. The gallery does not rent out space for exhibitions.
Technical Specs: Exhibition area of 1200m sq ft. Fully equipped with appropriate lighting and fixtures for hanging paintings.

Description:

VWFA was established in 1998 and is a contemporary art gallery and consultancy based in Kuala Lumpur, focusing on Malaysian and Southeast Asian work. This is an exciting and growing area. The last decade has seen an explosion in demand for Asian art and antiques. This is partly a reflection of the region's dramatic economic advance, but also a sign that a new breed of art collector exists here. These collectors are dedicated to Asia's heritage, and not just yesterday's treasures like Ming porcelain or jade. Contemporary artists offering dynamic new interpretations of old cultural traditions are also enjoying new found attention and much admiration.

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Name: National Art Gallery (Balai Seni Lukis Negara)
Address: 2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-4025 4990
Fax: 03-4025 4987
Email: info@artgallery.org.my
URL: http://www.artgallery.org.my
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm daily. Closed on Public Holidays
Rental Fee: No rental. The NAG works together with organizations to produce and manage events.
Technical Specs: Dimensions Gallery 1A - 1650 m2 (area), 4.3m (height)

Gallery 2A - 1300 m2 (area), 4.3m (height)

Gallery 2B - 530 m2 (area); 4.3m (height)

Gallery 3A - 792 m2 (area); 4.4m (height)

Gallery 3B - 208 m2 (area); 4.4m (height)

Lighting
Gallery 1A & 3A - Targetti Mondial / Unitrack spotlight

Gallery 2A, 2B & 3B - Concord Luminence / Single track spotlight

Auditorium:
144 seats, 216 m2

AV Equipment
Video Presentation Unit
Colour Video Monitor
Betacam SP Player
VCR
CD player
Cassette Player
Permanent LCD Projector with 150 inch flat screen
PA system: powered mixer / power amplifier, 4 mikes / 4 AV channels, 2 unit speakers with stand, 3 dynamic mics, 3 boom mics

Description: The Gallery was established in 1958. From its humble beginnings set in temporary premises the gallery has grown in stature and moved to its current location at Jalan Tun Razak in 1998.

The NAG's mission is to make the Gallery the premier centre and custodian of the nation's art heritage. Its mission is to collect, preserve, conserve and display its visual collection.

Its objectives are:

To acquire artwork that will reflect the spirit and personality of the nation

To preserve, conserve and document the permanent art collection

To promote and develop high quality art locally and overseas, organizing exhibitions, seminars, workshops, competitions and other art activities nationally and globally.

To create awareness of an understanding and appreciation of art

The Gallery assists and provides expertise to sponsors in organizing art competitions and programmes for children at state and national levels.

Talks, seminars, children's programmes, workshops have been platforms for curaptors, art educationists, administrators and artists to exchange views and ideas.

The Gallery is also renowned for its support and location for the distinguished Malaysian Video Awards, whereby Malaysian film-makers and producers of world class commercials gather for a week of festivities which culminates with an Awards Night.

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Name: Galeri Shah Alam
Address: Laman Budaya, Persiaran Tasik Barat, 40000, Shah Alam, Selangor, my
Phone: 03-5510 5344 / 6045
Fax: 03-5510 2081
Email:
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Technical Specs: Please call for more information.

Description: This lakeside gallery showcases a variety of artworks, local handicraft and fabrics, so of which are also for sale.


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Name
: ABN-AMRO Art Gallery
Address: ABN-AMRO House, 9, Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai), 10300, Penang, my
Phone: 04-228 9999
Email: info@abnamromalaysia.com
URL: http://www.abnamromalaysia.com/
Opening Hours: Please call for more information.
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Technical Specs: Please call for more information.

Description: This gallery houses local and regional art, and supports Malaysian artists.

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Name: AEA Fine Arts
Address: 42-3 Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2300 0397
Fax: 03-2300 0367
Email: lunzen@lunzen.com
URL: http://www.lunzen.com
Description: Owned by self-taught, Johor-born artist Lunzen, this gallery showcases calligraphic works, as well as figurative and lyrical contemporary art.

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Name: Aoyama Sri Hartamas Gallery
Address: 16, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-6201 6618
Fax: 03-6201 6943
Email: aoyamasb@hotmail.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm
Description: A gallery-cum-frame shop owned by printmaker Frank Woo, who was trained in fashion design in Japan (1987).

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Name: Art Folio Gallery
Address: T116, 3rd Floor, City Square, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2162 3339

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Name:
Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Address: Kuala Lumpur College of Art,, Level 4, No.1, Lorong Medan Tuanku, 50300, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2694 3486
Fax: 03-2693 1037
Email:
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am-6pm

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Name: Art Gallery
Address: 368-4-8 Burma Road, Bellisa Row, 10350, Pulau Tikus, Penang, my
Phone: 04-229 8219
Fax: 04-228 6714

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Name: Art House Gallery
Address: Lot 2.39-2.42, 2nd Floor, Wisma Cosway, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2148 2283
Fax: 03-2142 4177
Email: sryiu@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.genting.com.my/en/leisure/others/2002/arthouse.htm
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10.30am-7pm, Sun: 12pm-6pm
Rental Fee: None. It is a private gallery.
Technical Specs: None.

Description:

The Art House Gallery was established in Malaysia since 1965. It maintains its top position in arts business including Chinese Painting, Chinese Oil painting, Chinese Painting Mounting, Chinese furniture, Tibet Furniture, Chinese Antique and Borneo Antique, local arts, etc. The wide ranges of art collections not only attract tourist and art lovers, but also corporate buyers.

Art House Gallery is actively involved in organizing arts exhibition and arts publications. In 1997, Art House Gallery organized the G15 Show, an exhibition of contemporary Chinese Oil Painting by fifteen great artists from China. The artists involved including Zhang YiBo, Li ShiJin, Zhao KaiLin, Wang WeiDong, Liu YingZhao, MaoLiZi, Yu Sheng, Di Feng, Zhu ChunLin, MaKeYu, Ma Lin and etc.

In May 2000, Hukun's Chinese Figures Exhibition was opened for viewing, and at the same time, The Art of Earth and Fire, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics from Taiwan makes Art House Gallery more bustling for art lovers and buyers.

It does not hold public exhibitions per se, as they have a private clientele. However, visitors are more than welcome to visit the Gallery. The Gallery also has a restoration workshop behind the gallery.

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Name: Art Salon
Address: 4, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2282 2601
Fax: 03-2282 1878
Email: chrisyap@artsalon.com.my
URL: http://www.artsalon.com.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-6.30pm
Rental Fee: Not for rental.
Technical Specs: 17 x 49 feet (Exhibition area)

Description: Established in 1992 by Spencer Wing and his wife, Celia Yap, Art Salon has established a fine reputation that caters for both the new collector as well as the serious collector. Whilst in its early days, the gallery displayed a wide range of art, its focus is to exclusively market and promote the work of ten prominent Malaysian artists - Ismail Latiff, Tajuddin Ismail, Juhari Said, Eric Quah, Jansen Chow, Fauzin Mustaffa, Yuen Chee Ling, Ahmad Shukri, Jack Ting and Azman Helmi. Spencer Wing as CEO of Spencer Azizul Advertising has a long association with the Malaysian artscene and his son Chris Wing now manages the gallery.

(Extract from the article "Roundabout Art in Kuala Lumpur" written by Shireen Naziree and published on kulture.com.my in January 2001).

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Name: Art Space Gallery
Address: S162, 2nd Floor, City Square, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03- 2161 7128
Fax: 03- 2161 7128
Email: infoartspace@yahoo.com

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Name: ARTalk Gallery
Address: 22-1 & 22-2, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2282 8633 / 8863
Fax: 03-2282 9633
Email: artalk@pd.jaring.my
URL: http://www.thetalkgallery.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 4pm-11pm
Description:

Located in the heart of Bangsar Baru, Jalan Telawi 3, ARTalk; is a brightly lit colourful art gallery; with an inviting enclave of tribal water features and miniature garden.

ARTalk showcases artworks of talented Malaysian artists. Budding artists should make a beeline to ARTalk; as it caters for this select group. Solo and themed exhibitions, art lessons, and even private functions are frequently held here.

ARTalk recently extended its premises to include a cafe serving after dinner drinks in a cozy, warm environment, with "a touch of original Malaysian arts".

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Name: Artcase Galleries (Bukit Antarabangsa)
Address: No. 8, Jalan Kelab Ukay 2, Bukit Antarabangsa, 68000, Ampang, Selangor, my
Phone: 03-4107 7329
Fax: 03-4107 7329
Email: info@artcase.com.my
URL: http://www.artcase.com.my
Opening Hours: By appointment only.
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Description:

Owned by artist Raja Azhar Idris and his wife - Shahimah, Artcase Galleries was established in 1993 when Raja Azhar returned from a long sojourn in Melbourne, Australia. With a degree in Fine Arts from the Victoria College of Art and his experience operating a successful art gallery in Melbourne, Raja Idris is well placed within Malaysian art circles.

This second of two galleries is reserved mainly for shows by established Malaysian and foreign artists. Amongst the senior artists whom the gallery represents are Khalil Ibrahim, Ismail Latiff, Yusof Ghani and Sharifah Fatima and of course, the art of Raja Idris himself whose latest works are in textural glass.

(Includes extracts from "Roundabout Art in Kuala Lumpur" written by Shireen Naziree and published on kulture.com.my in January 2001).

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Name: Artcase Galleries (City Square)
Address: F128, First Floor, City Square, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2163 5160
Fax: 03-2163 5160
Email: info@artcase.com.my
URL: http://www.artcase.com.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-8pm, Sat: 11am-6pm
Rental Fee: 35% Commission on consignment works / 40% Commission on exhibitions
Technical Specs: Approx. 1200 sq.ft with ample lighting.

Description: Owned by artist Raja Azhar Idris and his wife - Shahimah, Artcase Galleries was established in 1993 when Raja Azhar returned from a long sojourn in Melbourne, Australia. With a degree in Fine Arts from the Victoria College of Art and his experience operating a successful art gallery in Melbourne, Raja Idris is well placed within Malaysian art circles.

Artcase comprises of two galleries - this original gallery covers an area of 1500 square feet at City Square while the second one is located in a bungalow adjacent to Raja Azhar's studio in Bukit Antarabangsa, Kuala Lumpur.

The original gallery promotes the work of emerging Malaysian artists and amongst its collections are original works in watercolors, oil, limited edition etchings, ceramics and weavings.

The gallery also holds art classes for those who are keen to pursue a creative outlet. South African born Ms Shahimah Idris, a playwright, manages the galleries.

(Includes extracts from "Roundabout Art in Kuala Lumpur" written by Shireen Naziree and published on kulture.com.my in January 2001).


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Name: Artique Fine Art
Address: Lot E-01-03, Ground Floor, Block E, Plaza Mont' Kiara, No. 2, Jalan 1/70C, Mont' Kiara, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-6201 9809
Email:
Opening Hours: 11am-6pm daily. Closed on public holidays.
Description: An artist-run gallery owned by Lok Ek Sem.

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Name: Artrageously Ramsay Ong (KL)
Address: 43 & 45, Cangkat Bukit Bintang, 50200, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2141 2566
Fax: 03-2141 4524
Email: artrageouslyramsayong@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.artrageouslyasia.com
Rental Fee: Not open for rental for the time being.
Technical Specs: Approx. 4000 sq.ft area in the gallery.

Description:

Prominent Sarawak artist Ramsay Ong Liang Thong launched his KL art gallery on 26 January 2002 with the hopes that it would become a regular meeting point for the many art enthusiasts and lovers in the capital city.

The artist looks forward to hosting many exhibitions by local and foreign artists including the many fabulous crafts from the region.

Beautifully handcrafted "Iban Sleeping Mats", elegant "Hornbill Wood Carvings", choice old and new "Pua Kumbu Ikat Weavings" as well as a comprehensive range of wonderful designer textiles by textile doyen Edric Ong will also feature in this 4000 square feet gallery.

The soothing sounds of splashing water from a quaint water feature coupled with relaxing music and the aroma of freshly brewed local coffee from the self serve coffee corner certainly creates a conducive environment to appreciate art. Ramsay will be spending an extended period of time in this new Kuala Lumpur Gallery where he hopes to have the opportunity to rekindle old acquaintances and meet as many "new" friends.

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Name: CAA Art Gallery
Address: 168A-D, Batu 3 1/2, Jalan Klang Lama, 58000, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-7980 6155
Fax: 03-7981 0607
Email: caad@tm.net.my
URL: http://www.caa.com.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-3pm
Description:

The Central Art Gallery which exists within the Central Academy of Art's premises, is an important contemporary art space committed to the presentation of works by international and Malaysian artists as well as providing critical opportunities to art students and recent graduates by introducing their art pieces to the Malaysian public.

Central Academy of Art (CAA) was established in 1983 and since then, has emerged as one of Malaysia's major providers of education in Art & Design.

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Name: Ching Lotus Humanist Space
Address: Humanist Gallery, 83, China Street, 10200, Georgetown, Penang, my
Phone: 04-261 8001
Fax: 04-263 8001
Email: chngkk@tm.net.my
Opening Hours: Sun-Tue: 10am-11pm, Wed: 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-12am, Closed on Thursdays.
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Technical Specs: Please call for more information.

Description: An artist-run gallery that showcases mainly sketches and other artwork by Penang-based artists.

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Name: Darling Muse Art Gallery
Address: 142 Jalan Bukit Pantai, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03 - 2284 7441
Email: info@darlingmuse.com
URL: http://www.darlingmuse.com/
Opening Hours: 11.30 am - 7 pm daily; closed on Sun and public holidays
Description: Darling Muse Art Gallery is a first-of-its kind private art gallery with 20,000 square feet of art space that includes four indoor galleries and one outdoor gallery. The five-in-one concept allows the gallery to feature a diversity of artists and artwork.

"Our aim is to create a space that, not only brings together celebrated Malaysian artists such as Siew Ying, Ivan, Jai, Chien Chin and Yusof, but also gives opportunities to aspiring artists with noteworthy talents, who may be totally unknown and in need of a break," explained Dax Lee, Managing Director of Darling Muse Art Gallery.

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Name: Elle Six
Address: 73-1, Mezzanine Floor, Jalan Setiabakti, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2093 5925
Fax: 03-2093 5926
Email: elle6@tm.net.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm, Sat: 10am-3pm
Description: An art gallery that also organises classes in drawing, watercolour, acrylic and oil painting.

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Name: Elm Quay Fine Arts
Address: G.09, MiCasa Shoppes, 368-B,, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2161 5260
Fax: 03-2161 5268
Email: elm@pc.jaring.my
URL: http://www.elmquayfinearts.com.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm.
Rental Fee: Not for rental.
Technical Specs: Level 1 - 650 sq ft of exhibition space
Level 2 - small private viewing area and administrative space

Description: Elm Quay was established in 1993 for the serious art collector. It showcases international art. For more information, please call Raja Ihsan.

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Name: Florence Art House
Address: Lot 2.61, 2nd Floor, Wisma Cosway, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2148 2283
Fax: 03-2142 4177

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Name: Galeri Citra
Address: W-M-2, Mezzanine Floor, West Wing, Rohas Perkasa,, 8, Jalan Perak,, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2161 6066
Fax: 03-2161 6011
Email: galericitra@hotmail.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 11am-3pm
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Technical Specs: Please call for more information.

Description: Galeri Citra is the most established of Kuala Lumpur's art galleries. From its original space at Kuala Lumpur's Shangri La Hotel, the spacious new gallery is centrally located in Rohas Perkasa, Jalan Perak, a stone's throw from the major hotels and the Kuala Lumpur City Center.

Julinda Tay, the founder and Managing Director of the gallery established the gallery more than 13 years ago after a successful career as an interior designer. Galeri Citra's sound reputation has attracted some of Malaysia's most important artists to exhibit at the gallery. Art- consultancy is available to both individual and corporate clients and offers framing services.

Amongst the artists represented by Galeri Citra are Malaysian artists Chang Fee Ming, Norma Abbas, Yong Chien Chin, Lucy Liew and from amongst its international list of artists - Hector Saunier, Hiroko Yamamoto and Yoshioko Funasaka.

Extracted from "Roundabout Art in Kuala Lumpur" written by Shireen Naziree and published on kulture.com.my in January 2001.

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Name: Galeri Dataran Maybank
Address: MaybanLife Tower, Dataran Maybank, 1, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2297 1990
Fax: 03-2297 2828
Email:
URL: http://www.maybangen.com.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-6pm
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Technical Specs: Exhibition space: 3500 sq ft

Description: This is the sister gallery to the larger Balai Seni Maybank located at the Maybank Tower in Jalan Tun Perak and is wholly owned by the Maybank Group.

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Name: Galeri PETRONAS
Address: Lot 341-343, Level 3 Suria KLCC, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2331 7770 / 7773
Fax: 03-2331 7170
Email: zettia@petronas.com.my
URL: http://www.galeripetronas.com
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10am-8pm
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Description:

The Petronas Gallery aims to support and encourage all levels of art. Situated on the third floor of the prestigious Suria KLCC shopping centre, the gallery receives hundreds of visitors each day. There is a small library for those who are interested in art; there are also academic books, journals and newsletters for artists and academicians.

There is also a multimedia terminal for art lovers and those who wish to seek information on contemporary Malaysian art. The data provided includes artist profiles as well as samples of the artist's works.

The Gallery has held many public talks and activities that have captivated audiences from all walks of life.

The Gallery is a must stop for those shopping at Suria KLCC - a cultured break is well deserved for the weary shopper and art lover.


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Name: Galeri Seni Maya
Address: 12, 1st Floor, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, my
Phone: +603-2282-2069
Fax: +603-2282-2069
Email: maya@mayagallery.com.my
URL: http://www.mayagallery.com.my
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 7pm, Sat & Sun 12pm - 5pm Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
Description: Galeri Seni Maya is a privately-owned art gallery and consultancy in Kuala Lumpur. Officially launched on 17 June 2004 by Y.B. Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Bin Yatim, Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Malaysia, their main focus is to promote Malaysian and Malaysia-related artists and to increase the appreciation of their works. They also aim to emphasise the promotion of young and talented artists.

Most importantly, Galeri Seni Maya also wants to give back to the arts community and increase overall art appreciation through activities like offering scholarships and sponsorships to art students and artists, organising art competitions, organising workshops that include art classes and guest lectures, and organising fund-raising activities for charitable and non-profit organisations.

Apart from organising special exhibitions on a regular basis, Galeri Seni Maya also acquires artwork through consignment from artists. Thus, they have a wide array of different types of artworks in various media, including watercolour, oil, prints and mixed media. The gallery also has ceramic works and sculptures.

The services provided by Galeri Seni Maya include organising art exhibitions, art consultation, evaluation of artworks, artwork installation & framing services.


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Name: Galeri Tangsi
Address: PAM Centre, 4-6 Jalan Tangsi, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, my
Phone: 03-2691 0805/13
Fax: 03-2691 0805
Email: g_tangsi@tm.net.my
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-2pm
Rental Fee: Please call for more information.
Technical Specs: Standing space for 350 pax in a cocktail setting at any one time. Its infamous parking problem can be solved via special valet arrangement during special occasion/exhibitions.

Description: Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art is an art gallery focused on hosting quality exhibitions and the promotion of contemporary art in Malaysia.

The gallery is the brainchild of YAM Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, a generous philantrophist and a prominent business figure; the man responsible for creating KL Central Market, Malaysia’s most successful cultural and tourism centre.

Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art is located in the lobby of PAM Centre - a colonial building which houses the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).There is a little garden too, perfect for cocktails and parties.

The name “Tangsi” was initially given after its street address for easy recognition. Ironically, “tangsi” in Bahasa Malaysia stands for a thin fine line of nylon - used by art galleries to hold/hang paintings.

Since its inception in October 1997, Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art has grown both in scope and size. The gallery has also grown in reputation and is recognized as a major art gallery within the Kuala Lumpur art circle. It has been acknowledged by many art critics and establishments as one of the few established art galleries in Kuala Lumpur genuine in its intentions to develop and promote art.

Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art has always incited interest through exhibitions that provoke the minds of art-lovers, artists and enthusiasts. Its mission is to stimulate a broader and richer approach to culture and cultivate an alternative way of thinking towards contemporary art in Malaysia. Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art has successfully organised numerous exhibitions enabling local artists to display their creativity, passions and expressions.

It has also been involved in cultivating, motivating and inspiring emerging and established artists. It provides them with the necessary encouragement, support and visibility; to help re-shape their thinking which can further develop their abilities. The Gallery also helps artists establish a firm footing in the Malaysian art industry.

One of its biggest exhibitions was "Royal Inspirations", a charity exhibition of artworks by His Majesty the Tenth Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Ja’afar Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, attracted the involvement of numerous parties from various fields for the benefit of two major charities.

Apart from showcasing the best of Malaysian and Asian art, Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art is a fine art service provider. This dedicated service include special consultation, conservation and evaluation of artworks for art collectors and public corporations. It can involve commissioning and sourcing of specific artworks, consultation on concept, idea development as well as budget advisory to meet the needs of each client’s taste and preference.

The gallery has a network of over 100 professional artists, both emerging and established, whose works cover a wide range of the many different styles and executed in various media.

Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art is currently networking with international art establishments, the corporate sector, local and international artists. This is aimed at activating the Malaysian art scene to eventually flourish at all levels of society and be accepted internationally.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Latif Maulan: Beware, Koleksi Bank Negara Malaysia , 2006




Fantastic photorealism artworks by Latif Maulan, featuring 30 pieces of brilliance photorealism paintings flower title "The bold and brilliance flower". Holding art exhibition on the web.
(PRWEB) March 18 2004--Abd Latif Maulan, whose stunning artworks can be viewed at the blog http://latifmaulan.blogspot.com This talented malaysian has been displaying his work on the net for the past two years and has recieved an encouraging response from collectors and art appreciators from as far as United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mexico and etc.

Latif who has passion for photorealism paintings, is currently holding an online art exhibition entitled The Bold And Brilliance Flower in his website. Surfers can enjoy beautiful images of nature, fauna and flora in the section called Exhibition and also portfolio.

Taking a photograph to use in the process of making photorealist paintings can seem like a straightforward task. However many decisions have to be made concerning every aspect of the image. Normally when involved in the process of making a painting, many decisions can be made and unmade throughout, however with photorealism all these decisions are made when the shutter is pressed.

A photograph can be either a 'good' photograph or just a 'snapshot'. In fact both approaches can yield images with appealing qualities. But as is the general rule with photography, many shots have to be taken in order to get just one usable picture.

There are many artifacts of the photographic image which are unique to it. For example, depth of field, lens effects such as flare or perspective distortion, a compressed tonal range compared with how we see the scene with the eye, sharpness is not consistent across the image and also depends on contrast, colours can seem artificial and have a narrower gamut compared with how we see naturally. These things can be used positively to add to the effect of the finished painting. It is as important to choose an image which exhibits these artifacts in a beneficial way as it is to provide good foundation elements. Choosing wisely can improve the effect of the finished painting.

With most of the decisions regarding the appearance of the final image already made, the source photograph needs to be assessed in an objective way and to be seen as a huge matrix of colours and tonal values. If it were digitised, this is exactly what it would be, and even as a colour print or transparency the grain structure is still essentially a looser matrix of elements which have a colour and tonal value.

On achieving this objective view and seeing the photograph in this way, it is then possible to move back towards seeing the elements within the photograph as objects again. In doing this it is possible to be able to control the way in which the working photograph is viewed in order to be able to 'switch' in and out of these two different ways of seeing. This is required because during the painting process, in the interests of expediency it is useful to treat areas within the composition as 'objects'. This is purely for practical reasons as it is important to match colours and families of colours across 'objects' that may extend across the composition.

The process of making a photorealist painting is esentially making an enlargement of an original photograph. So whats the point ? well it could be argued that if you made a photographic enlargement from a transparency or negative using the well established methods, the result would be the equivalent of a photorealist painting. Of course the end result when compared with a photorealist painting would look superficially similar, but closer examination would reveal that all the enlargement would show is its physical limitations. Whereas with a photorealist painting we are seeing something that could never exist by any other means. Because no matter how objective the artist is, there will always be 'interpretation'. It is this subtle quality which gives the photorealist work its beguiling qualities.

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