The latest exhibition at Galeri Seni Mutiara, Simplicity and Contemplativity, shows the work of Thai artist, Muhammad Rojana-Udomsat, who demonstrates a high skill level in a range of different media. Yet despite spanning across a range of disciplines there is a uniformity of visual language and style. Fast expressive movement is common across all the pieces on display here, whether ceramic, batik or monoprint. Semi-abstracted mark-making is prevalent as well, as it is an effective way of representing landscapes and nature, which is a common theme throughout. What really struck me is how Rojana-Udomsat has played with the different media, to really push the boundaries of what can be achieved with that media. I can normally analyse a piece and how it has been made very quickly, however I am still stumped at how the ceramic pieces at the back of the gallery have been made, and they really are stunning. The work on display is also exceptionally affordable (ranging from rm800 to rm1000 for most pieces) which is refreshing for a young collector such as myself. However I can imagine that they will have sold quickly as the work is magnificent.
Muhammad Rojana-Udomsat is from Thailand and seems to be gradually moving into exhibiting his work across Malaysia, including at the Penang State Art Gallery with the International Contemporary Watercolour Art Exhibition, as well as China and Vietnam.
Galeri Seni Mutiara is a small fine art gallery based at 118 Armenian Street. The owner, Koay Soo Kay, clearly loves what he does and is very passionate about sharing fine art with people. They have regular shows throughout the year and promote both local and international artists. They are open Monday – Sunday 11am-6pm and are next to Armenian Park, the Puppet Museum, and the Sun Yat Sen Museum. The website is http://www.galerimutiara.com.
Simplicity and Contemplativity By Muhammad Rojana-Udomsat is on until 27th October 2019 At Galeri Seni Mutiara, 118 Lebuh Armenian, George Town.
By Lusy Koror