Awe-tistic art at tHe Spring
STEPHEN WILTSHIRE, Iris Grace and Jessy Park; these are a few names we are not familiar with but they are well-known in their fields of autistic art.
Here in Kuching, two autistic artists – Mohammad Nazrin Tengah and Barny Yao Chu En – had the chance to have their artwork decorate the double doors of tHe Spring Shopping Mall’s emergency exit doors.
The artistic display was a joint collaboration between the Kuching Autistic Association (KAA) and tHe Spring Shopping Mall to raise awareness on autism.
According to KAA fundraising chairman Connie Yeo, exhibiting these artworks will enable the public to see what those with autism are capable of.
“They might not be able to communicate well but they can be very talented in painting and music,” Yeo said.
Twenty five year old Nazrin was clearly excited during the unveiling of the artworks on Nov 5 as he struck several different poses while half a dozen reporters took his photos standing next to the artwork located on the emergency exit located between Habib Jewels and Esprit.
Nazrin’s work is called ‘City Cats’ and inspired by Kuching city. When asked whether he had any pet cats at home, he said he didn’t but would name his cat Buster if he had one.
Besides ‘City Cats’, Nazrin’s other artworks also included paintings like ‘Kampong Lady’, ‘Mochi’ and ‘Hatsune Miku Characters’, ‘Hello Kitty’, ‘Red Square’, and ‘Moscow’.
The second artwork featured on tHe Spring’s fire door is Yao’s painting. Located between La Senza Lingerie and L’Occitane en Provence, his artwork called ‘Spiral’ depicts a potpourri of vivid-coloured shapes and shades.
Yao, 32, is also known for his repetitive drawing of concocted shapes and scribbling with colour pencils.
He has drawn other paintings such as ‘Sunset’, ‘Flower Garden’, portrait of Sophia Loren and various abstract paintings.
Art class is part of therapy provided by KAA where the students have been mentored by an accomplished local artist, Magdaline Tai since 2012.
Tai comes on a weekly basis to tutor and inspire students such as Nazrin and Yao in their techniques and presentations.