Month-long ‘Animystic’ art exhibition open for viewing Nov 1
The exhibition ‘Animystic: Nature through one’s eyes’ will be showcasing artworks by two Kuching-based artists – Sarawak’s renowned batik silk painting artist Narong Daun and Reja Eshraghian at Tanju Bistro from Nov 1-30, Mondays to Saturdays from 2pm to closing. Admission is free to the public.
Organised by Tanju Bistro and curated by self-taught curator and emerging Kuala Lumpur-based artist Ashly Nandong, ‘Animystic’ explores man’s intrinsic connection with Nature, which provides the basis of animistic spiritualism of ancestral times and which is slowly dying off in the face of modern spiritual practices.
As a result, Narong and Reja’s contemplative and self-analytical artwork on this theme result in a colourful and lively visual narrative of juxtaposing interpretations.
Of Bidayuh origins, Narong is one of Borneo’s finest and established contemporary indigenous artists. She is renowned for her vivid and stylistic nature and culturally inspired batik silk painting which she has developed to perfection over the past 15 years.
Her works have been exhibited in galleries and conventions in Malaysia, Thailand, India, Australia and Hawaii, and now are being exhibited at the Sarawak State Library, the Sarawak State Museum, Grand Margherita Hotel, among other places in Sarawak.
Since 2001 to 2012, Narong was the resident artist at the Artrageously Ramsey Ong art gallery in Kuching. In 2004, she ranked among the top 10 participants at the prestigious Piala Seri Endon International Batik Competition. She continues to work as an artist at Techno Graphic Kuching.
Meanwhile, Reja was inspired by his initial interest of street arts, which slowly escalated towards his study of choice – graphic design at Segi College Kuching, Sarawak.
This is also Reja’s second group visual art exhibition. His first was in August this year when he displayed his artwork at the Shades Of Art 8 at Bing’s Café.
A young individual of many talents and capabilities, he finds artistic inspiration in the likes of Salvador Dali on Surrealism, Tim Gagnon on Animistic/Visionary art, and renowned graffiti artist Banksy.
As a self-taught artist, he expresses his philosophy through colors and lines with the aim of getting people to feel a connection with their surroundings, especially nature which is all around us.
He quotes Canadian author Gerry Burnie: “We talk about leaving a better planet for our children, yet why not leave better children for our planet.”
Visitors are welcome to come and view the gallery throughout the whole month of November at Tanju Bistro is located on the first floor, Lorong Upland 1, Simpang Tiga, 93300 Kuching from 2pm till closing.
For further inquiries, please contact Tanju Bistro @ 082 241 880 or email them at [email protected].