Loo Hooi Nam, a self-taught artist from Kedah, and an expert in painting with just a palette knife has a solo exhibition running at the G Art Gallery in G Hotel Gurney, “Touch of Palette Knife” until the end of October which includes over a dozen of his works. Mr. Loo allows the shape, colour, texture and depth placed on canvas to tell you a story. Painting with a palette knife forces the artist to loosen up and gives the paintings a dimension and quality that is easy to appreciate.
With over two decades of experience with the palette knife, Mr. Loo brings you excitement and joy as you walk into the gallery and witness the refreshing techniques used by him. Painting with a palette knife means he lays the paint on thickly so that it stands out from a surface surface, and the artist’s confidence and his bold and innovative ideas shine through.
Looking at the paintings from the side view, allows you to see the paints sticking out from the canvas. Loo Hooi Nam’s impressionist style has won him awards over the years including the Gold Award in the SP Setia Art Fair Penang in 2001, and Pesta Pulau Pinang Prizes in 1993, 1994 & 1997.
Mr. Loo’s striking works have been featured in over 200 local and international art group exhibitions, as well as his 12 solo exhibitions in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Kosovo, Italy, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, China and Australia. In pieces such as ‘Majestic Kuala Lumpur’ and ‘Clock Tower, Sungai Petani’ his use of colour is fresh and pure. He achieves this by placing a wet colours on top of one another, without blending them together.
Among the pieces worth paying attention to in this exhibition are scenes of streets in China, canals in Venice, castles in Prague and the countryside of Austria. Make sure to pay this unique exhibition a visit and let it take you for a spin around the world. “Touch of Palette Knife” continues until 31st of October in G Art Gallery- G Hotel Gurney located at 168A, Gurney Drive. The gallery is located at the hotel’s level 1 link bridge, and is open 24 hours a day.
By Mojdeh Zarbakhsh