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Inspiration: Poh Ling Yeow

22 October 2008

On Saturday we went to see an exhibition of new work by one of my favourite Australian artists, Poh Ling Yeow. I was going to save this for my 'I *heart* Fridays' post, but I couldn't wait that long to share it with you. I LOVE her work.

I have been following the evolution of Poh's work for a few years now - I love her technique and style, colours and subjects. The paintings are done with acrylics and a very dry brush and as a result there are no hard edges - everything has a soft almost out of focus feel.

Image Source: Poh Ling Yeow

Here is some info from her website: Poh Ling Yeow was born in Malaysia in 1973, spending the first nine years of her life in Kuala Lumpur. Her family then migrated to South Australia where she now lives and works. After completing a Bachelor of Design specialising in illustration at the University of South Australia, Yeow freelanced as a graphic designer and illustrator. She has been painting full-time since the beginning of 2002.
Yeow's works emphatically explore notions of belonging and origin. As a fifth-generation Chinese Malaysian Yeow's paintings are an attempt at reconciling this heritage with her Western identity. Her traditionally-influenced scenic pieces and sometimes whimsical use of Chinese iconography acknowledges the fragmentation of her Chinese cultural experience.

Image Source: Libby Edwards Galleries

The exhibition is on until November 2nd at Libby Edwards Galleries in Sydney. You might see me there as I'll have to go back at least a couple more times! You can get more info on the gallery here and see more of Poh Ling Yeow's paintings from the exhibition here. Click here for Poh's website where there are images of previous work.