Three days before Christmas Day, I was at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya, doing some last-minute shopping when I chanced upon a notice board stating that there was an art exhibition on the premises. At The Ledge art gallery on Highstreet, to be exact.
Curious, I decided to check it out. Art is not my forte, but I can appreciate the beauty in works of art.
When I was near the Starship Galactica children’s play area, I glanced upwards and saw a row of paintings on the next level up. I quickly made my way there.
I met the artist Dennis Liew, 31, at the entrance to the art gallery. After exchanging greetings, this courteous and well-spoken young man left me to browse his artwork.
Most of the art pieces on display were done using a technique known as Pointillism. I found it quite fascinating – the hundreds and hundreds of dots of a myriad colours that formed the bigger picture. It worked very well in pictures of gardens and landscapes, and evoked in me a sense of joy and freedom.
Pointillism was not the only method employed by this talented young man. In his paintings of magnificent waterfalls, he had used Chinese ink on rice paper. And there were acrylic and oil paintings as well, of iconic places, people in action, and inanimate objects.
Whether the paintings were of waterfalls, flowers and fruits, fields and forests, or a band of musicians, or ordinary items, or buildings and street scenes, there was so much beauty in each of them. Liew’s talent belies the fact that he has Asperger Syndrome.
According to the biodata on the artist, he had scored a distinction for Art in the SPM exam, and a few years later, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Liew has exhibited his works since 2010, mainly locally but also in the United States.
The ‘Impressionism Inspired’ exhibition is ongoing until Jan 1, 2018, at The Ledge Art Gallery, Third Floor, Highstreet, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For more info, contact Pat Lim (tel: 016-376 1986 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).