Opening of the Maritime Silk Road Art exhibition
Opening of the Maritime Silk Road International art exhibition
Mr Tai's house festooned with red lanterns swaying in the breeze framed our breakfast scene. Tall pots of coffee and Chong gou cha (chinese tea) poured many cups. Banana leaf packages unwrapped to fill the air with coconut and spices. Bags of curry puffs and wrapped mee goreng noodles fed us as we talked.
Some artists in the background washed up and laid down paintbrushes next to canvases in progress. Excitement pervaded the group in readiness for our exhibition opening.
Transported into central Georgetown we passed through the Unesco World heritage centre. Flaking pastel 2 storey buildings with cross gabled roofs and shutters led the way through Armenian Street and around to 25 Jalan Argyll to the Dai Ichi Modern Art space. A group photo under the banner and we all ducked for shade.
People flooded in to see the abstractions of colour, light and emotion. Scenes from China, Indonesia and Malaysia. My painting Kedah river showed the tranquility of the river. How will this scene become once the Martime Silk Road comes into being?
Professor Dato Dr. Mohammed Najib Ahmad Dawa, Director General of the national art gallery gave an opening speech and ceremonially cut the ribbon to declare the exhibition open.