By Jeremy Khalil on January 16, 2015
Kuala Lumpur, January 15, 2015 – The National Visual Arts Gallery presents the Retrospective Exhibition entitled Cross Culture.Trans Era by Dr. Choong Kam Kow, a Malaysian artist of international fame and a prominent academician in the field of art and design education.
The exhibition, which runs from 18 November 2014 until 31 March 2015, was officiated Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Permaisuri Perak Darul Ridzuan Tuanku Zara Salim. It displays a total of 268 pieces of artworks of different media and techniques of expression created by Dr. Choong Kam Kow since the late 1950’s.
Dr. Chong’s artistic creations always stand out with a strong personal style as a result of his ceaseless exploration, experimentation and exploitation of different materials, methods and processes. He insists that art-making cannot afford to be mannered.
His method of art-making has always been unconventional but innovative. During the six decades of engagement in creativity, Dr. Choong Kam Kow has produced 15 series of comprehensive and mind-provoking artworks based on his personal observation, response and reaction towards the changing world he lives in. The series include Expressionistic Ink Painting, Festival, Formosa, Kungfu, New York, Shaped Canvas, SEA-Thru, The Kinta, Print, Rockscape and Earthscape.
His works are in the collections of the National Art Gallery, Malaysia; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, USA; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Singapore Art Museum; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Frederikshavn Museum of Art, Denmark; Guangdong Museum of Art, China; Kyushu Sangyo University Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in University City, Guangzhou, China; and numerous public and private institutions, corporations and collectors. The acquisition of his works by art museums across Asia and Europe denote the international recognition of his achievement as an artist.
To date, Dr. Choong has held 18 solo exhibitions in art museums and galleries including the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Guangdong Museum of Art, China; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, including participating in 100 major local and international art exhibitions.