李慧玲 LEE Hui Ling
LEE Hui Ling's first solo art exhibition
Paintings from 1992 to 2001
10th -- 12th August 2001
Rivulets of pure rainwater ran in peculiar directions on
the ridged surface of the painting. Fascinating splotches appeared, the burgundy
merging with the cobalt blue, with a hint of lemon yellow. Soon, rainwater
dragged the monsoon grey and purple hues of the sky into the earthy tones of the
beach, creating a delicate image of a thunderstorm. The trawlers looked
weather-beaten now that the water relentless scraped at the colours to reveal
blurred, rich textures on the underside. By then, a drenched solitary figure on
the beach - clad in shorts and T-shirt, holding a brush, was licking the
droplets as they fell from the sky, kissing the air. Overhead, the storm
crackled merrily. Capturing rain on paper now gives another new meaning to
outdoors drawing. Picture perfect.
Unconventional, I would describe myself, with an off-hand touch of paranoia and hereditary eccentricity. Beneath the unflappable and impeccable skin of my undemonstrative, benign persona masks an idiosyncratic gremlin, prone to painting surrealistic Indonesian gargoyles, and writing obnoxious poetry bursting with teenage angst in the middle of the night. For most of the time, when not attending college classes, I sit at a stretched linen canvas, paint brush in hand, and proceed to cast myself off in a visual Never-never-land. Nothing short of a catastrophe can extricate me from this artist’s haven. Well, perhaps chocolate brownies might do the trick.
the age of two, I was drawing practically all the time, according to my mother,
so tenacious was my desire create. I carried coloured pencils, pieces of art
paper, chunks of plasticine and remnants of jigsaw puzzles wherever I went.
Hungry for space, even the walls of the living room became a gargantuan canvas
for me, the elfin child as I teetered on a wooden bench, drawing yet another
human figure with a stubby crayon. A healthy obsession with colours that began
from the pram, I drew anything that caught my fancy, peacocks doused in garish
colours, pirates aboard a Spanish armada, seashells, shoes, guinea pigs, kittens
and Lego toys. Unadulterated by conventional art school training, I developed an
uncanny eye for proportions and compositions.
(Hui Ling & Hui Lian 1996)
I regularly go on painting excursions, covering the length and breath of Klang and its port, a passion well documented with liberal productions of watercolours, oils and a plethora of pen-and-ink drawings. Toting bulky easels, wooden stools and a carpenter’s toolbox containing an assortment of paints and brushes, I inevitably draw a small crowd of curious onlookers, particularly children, who finger excitedly at the delicate tubes of watercolour paints and bottles of linseed oil.
members, dogs, cats, classmates frequently become the subject of my sketchbook
and restless fingers gripping the pencil. I enjoy conjuring images in my
mind’s eye and rendering them on paper and other mediums. A bewildering array
of subjects ranging from the eclectic self-portraits, the fascinating collection
of boats and fishing trawlers in Port Klang, the soft nuances of colour on my
pet dogs, the lively riverside coffee shop by the Klang river and so on, are
constant sources of fascination for me. Never fixated on a style or genre, my
artistic capabilities are constantly evolving, embracing new elements and
seeking fresh horizons……
Lee Hui Ling
J W Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur