Seventy two watercolour paintings on heritage buildings, coastal sceneries and inland landscapes of Perak, done over the past two years, were on display at the foyer of Syeun Hotel, Ipoh recently.
A self-taught artist who has been painting full-time for over 20 years, Loo Win travelled all over Perak for inspiration. His pieces, measuring 40cm x 64cm and 80cm x 64cm each, were priced between RM2,500 to RM5,000.
Also for sale was a soft cover coffee-table book of his masterpieces, a selection which were not on display at the exhibition.
The main objective of the book is to create awareness in the public, particularly the younger generation, on the importance of preserving our historical past and the abundance of flora and fauna in Perak, for the benefit of future generations.
The publication of the bilingual (English and Mandarin) book on places of interest and of historical importance in Perak was made possible courtesy of Perak Tourism Management Bhd, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia and the National Visual Arts Development Board, in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
Sold at RM20 each, readers who are interested to obtain a copy of the book may contact the artist himself at 016 553 3027.
Loo Win expressed hopes that plans by the National Visual Arts Development Board to set up a gallery in Old Town Ipoh will materialise soon.
“It’ll be a suitable platform for artists to exhibit their works. This is in addition to Syeun Gallery, Sepaloh Art Centre, Oriental Gallery, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (Ipoh) and P.O.R.T. The Kinta Heritage Society is also very supportive of local artists,” said Loo Win to Ipoh Echo.
Loo’s eighth art exhibition was opened by the Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohd Radzi.