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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 20 May 2006

NAFA presents Idyllic Canting - Toya's Batik Art


Malaysian artist Toya Lim to hold exhibition of revolutionary batik art in Singapore

30 May 每 9 June 2006

Presented by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Idyllic Canting 每 Toya*s Batik Art showcases 30 early and recent works by Malaysian batik artist, Toya Lim (※債捚§輿腦壑). The exhibition will be held from 30 May 每 9 June 2006 at NAFA Gallery 3.
Known for his refined figurative batik paintings of rural lives and landscapes which are without the usual sharp lines and crackling effects characteristic of the medium, Toya*s unique techniques have brilliantly synthesised the indigenous craft with the artistic visions of French Impressionist painters like Seurat and Signac.
§As the synthesis of a traditional folk medium and figurative representation, the Penang-born painter*s skilful treatment of the medium has, in his own exceptional ways, continued and advanced the art of figurative batik. The batik paintings by Toya Lim are not only batiks or solely paintings. His works, which comprises both, are something we have yet to discover a suitable name for,§ says Mr Justin Loke, curator for the exhibition.
Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, NAFA*s Director (Gallery & Theatre), adds: ※Batik painting for Toya commits him to the legacy of early Southeast Asian cultural enterprise and brings him forward into the future. His style of batik painting is truly his own, inventive by pure labour, exceptional by nature, both visually and as an object.§
Since the 1960s, Toya has held numerous overseas solo exhibitions in Australia, Europe, the United States and countries across the region, like Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Internationally renowned, he had been invited to lecture, and demonstrate his techniques, in art colleges in the United Kingdom, such as the University of Leeds, Bradford College of Arts and St Martins School of Art.
In 1994, Toya became the first batik artist to have his paintings accepted for a Christie*s auction. Besides private collectors from all over the world, his works are also collected by organisations such as Bank Negara Malaysia, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, and the Australia National University. One of his earlier paintings, ※Mother and Child§ now hangs in the UNESCO Building in New York.
Idyllic Canting 每 Toya*s Batik Art will be officially opened by His Excellency Dato* N. Parameswaran, Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore on Monday 29 May 2006, 6.30pm, at the exhibition venue.
Exhibition Details
Exhibition Period : 30 May 每 9 June 2006
Exhibition Hours : 10am 每 7pm daily
Venue : Gallery 3, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, S189655
Admission : FREE Enquiries :

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