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Flavor Exhibition
Updated 2018-08-01

One of the biggest dilemmas an artist faces has little to do with medium, subject matter or composition. It is not perspective or depth that keeps them up at night but rather a problem of a different sort altogether. Interpretation is often what most artists ponder on as one piece of art can come across diversely to five different people. For those who choose to paint the same subject matter, they run the risk of becoming too repetitive with little to no variation to offer for interpretation. However, this is not the case with Chow Chin Chuan, a renowned watercolourist who hails from Klang, Selangor. His interest in painting, particularly live drawing, began from an early age.

Upon graduation, many of his peers began looking for objects to make as their subject matter, their preferred option was to paint various scenery of the fields and fishing villages but he wanted to be different. His interest first started off as tricycles, after he was inspired by his then girlfriend and now wife’s tricycle in Penang. However, upon returning to Klang, he realized there were no tricycles in Klang. It was then that he chanced upon his father’s old bicycle, now broken. It brought back a multitude of memories as he remembered how his dad used the bicycle to bring stock to and fro their grocery store. Spurred on by these memories, he began painting the bicycle, now a trademark of his for more than 20 years.

Painting with watercolour is no easy feat as it is known to be an unpredictable and hard to control medium often resulting in blotchy messes if not careful. However, Chuan’s work is as impressive as it is immaculate as he uses texture, shadow and light to bring his art to life. His latest solo exhibition, Flavor, which took place at The One Academy Gallery from the 2nd July – 18th July 2018, inspired him to create pieces that have an array of flavors within them. Chuan says “In dishes there are many flavours, similar to our life. Some of us are going through bitter times, as you go through my artwork remember that once the bad times are overcome, you will enjoy the sweetness.” The event was also graced by talented watercolourists Jacky Chin and T’ang Mun Kian who did a live demo painting with Chow Chin Chuan at the launch of the Flavor exhibition. The students were given the unique opportunity to see a watercolour art piece being done from start to finish right in front of their very eyes.

His observation of students is that most of them nowadays who take up art do not like to do live drawings. “They have to paint under the hot sun for long periods of time and they become all hot and sweaty”, says Chuan. However, keep at it because it is through these that you can express life with various flavors for all to see. To date, his favourite painting locations is Pulau Ketam where he has made friends with all the locals due to his frequent visits there to paint. He believes that it does not matter if the subject you are painting is repetitive, what matters more is how much passion you put into creating works of art as that is what comes out and touches hearts everywhere.


Chow Chin Chuan's exhibition

Chow Chin Chuan's exhibition

Chow Chin Chuan's exhibition

Chow Chin Chuan's exhibition

Chow Chin Chuan's exhibition

Chow Chin Chuan's exhibition

Chow Chin Chuan's exhibition

Chow Chin Chuan's exhibition
[The One Academy of Communication Design was established in 1991 with the aim of promoting the region as the world’s center of creative reference. Strategically located in the thriving creative hub of Bandar Sunway, Selangor, with a branch in Georgetown, Penang, The One Academy is today a top notch leading international institute in art, design and creative multimedia, renowned with graduates who steer successful careers in creative capitals worldwide. The courses offered are Digital Media Design, Digital Animation with Game Development, Film Visual Effects, Illustration, Movie & Game Art, Advertising & Graphic Design, Interior Design, Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making and Fine Arts.]