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Malaysian Artist Chok Yue Zan Returns with “Throughout” Art Exhibition

The 2017 UOB Painting winner explores nature’s transitory nature where he hopes to bring out emotions of joy and sorrow.

Sep 19, 2022 | By Joseph Low

Malaysian artist Chok Yue Zan is back with another solo exhibition with Art Porters, titled “Throughout”, the art showcase centres on the idea of nature’s transitory nature. This idea is reflected in the array of artworks that Chok has painted. One would be able to view a “remarkable collection of mystical and ethereal paintings, reminiscent of lush greenery and littoral landscapes”.

Since the start of his career, Chok has made landscapes of forests and oceans his forte. His admiration for nature stemmed from his upbringing in Borneo, Sabah. From an early age and growing up under the care of his grandparents, the artist enjoyed being outdoors and affectionately calls the place “paradise”. Chok recalls his time being filled with “happiness and joyful moments”, and he tries to encapsulate this in his artworks.

“Between Me and You”
“Echoes Of Memories”
“An Evening Walk In Mind”
“You’re Leading Me To The Right Way”

However, in this series of paintings for “Throughout”, Chok recalls the images he has in mind from his younger days at the different stages and transposes it through different colours. Each piece illustrates a different story that harkens back to his life experience at that particular time and its links to his memories. To him, memories are how people’s original stories are spun and each experience is unique. Through art as the medium of expression, Chok welcomes viewers to learn more about him albeit in a more abstract way — colours, styles and even brush strokes.

artwork After Raining Day
“After Raining Day”
The Sunset Is Charming, But It Is Near Twilight
“The Sunset Is Charming, But It Is Near Twilight”

Just like how life is filled with a myriad of different emotions, the exhibition is what the artist calls a “voyage full of joy and sorrow, reminiscing life and death.” Chok’s raw emotions are on full display through his body of works and he invites viewers to join him in this retrospective journey. 

At 4pm on 8 October 2022, visitors will also get to speak to the artist and learn more about his collection firsthand. The exhibition is happening from now till 23 October 2022, be sure to head down to Art Porters Gallery for an artistic day.

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