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Revisiting :: Poh Ling Yeow

14 October 2009

I thought I'd revisit another favourite post from when I started my blog a year ago. In October last year a paid a couple of visits to an exhibition of Poh Ling Yeow's paintings. Since then Poh has found fame on the reality TV show MasterChef. I have to confess that I didn't watch MasterChef, but I'm sure many of you did and will know that Poh was the runner up. I really hope her new found career as a chef doesn't take her away from her art.

From my post last year:

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

Some background info from Poh's 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 (all art photos): Libby Edwards Galleries

The exhibition was at Libby Edwards Galleries in Sydney in October 2008. 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.

Photo taken by me. My collection of cards from Poh's previous exhibitions.