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Generation Flow, Mixed media on canvas, 2009 (84cm x 84cm)
 

An Iron Story, Paint on rusted
metal found object, 2008

Crossing, Pen, Ink, Acrylic on recycled paper, mounted on raw canvas, 2008

Man, Relation to Rust II, Acrylic/ ink on canvas, 1997, (92cmx92cm)

Natural Transformation, Acrylic on gesso, 1997, (60cm x 92cm)
 
 
YEOH KEAN THAI      (b.1966   Malaysia)



Award winning artist, Yeoh Kean Thai, has developed an artistic language using metal to comment on environment, social identity and individual introspection. For a significant part of his aesthetic career, he has documented processes of disruption, corruption and manipulation of environment.

His focus on the visual consequences has created an aesthetic vocabulary that adeptly voices concerns for environmental and social issues, from contemporary and historical perspectives, and has garnered international recognition through prestigous awards, including the Phillip Morris Art Award (Malaysia), the Freeman Fellowship, 2008 and most recently, the Commonwealth Award - International Art Residency. He was also the first artist from Malaysia to have work featured during New York's Asian Art week (in 2008).

"What should 'development' entail - and what priorities should it encompass? What is it? There is no straightforward answer in light of numerous competing interests. But the power of METAL and RUST is that they have been wonderful visual vehicles for narrating individual, national and global stories." Yeoh Kean Thai


Thai works with metal sculpture, canvas, and has a growing practice in public art and installation.


Asian Art Newspaper (UK), Yeoh Kean Thai, December 2008
Malaysia Tatler, January 2009.  Beyond Points of Rust - Yeoh Kean Thai

 

BIODATA

Awards

2009   Commonwealth Award - International Artist Residency , Commonwealth Foundation (UK)
     
    Finalist for Madrid Progresso Fellowship (Spain)
     
2008   Freeman Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, USA
     
2005   Honourable Prize, Tashkent Biennale 2005
     
1999   Honourable Mention, Philip Morris Malaysia Art Awards
     
1997   Winner, Philip Morris Malaysia Art Awards
     
1996   Honourable Mention, Philip Morris Malaysia Art Awards
     

Major Exhibitions

2011   Truth & Fiction are Not Strangers, Tribes Gallery, New York
Code Red, Action to Neutralise, Solo exhibition at SGFA , Gallery Residence, KL
     
2010   What Goes Up at SGFA, Kuala Lumpur
     
2009   1+1 = 1 , Red Dot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka (as curator and artist)
Asian Overview Roma
, Villa De Santis, Rome, Italy
Contemporary Art, Malaysia, for Asia Week, New York, SGFA
     
2008   International Asian Art Fair, Park Avenue,  New York,  through SGFA  The Private Gallery
Paths of Thought, Gallery Il Ramo d'oro, Naples, Italy
Vision of East Asia, Ministry of Culture of China for the Olympics, Beijing, China
Vermont Studio Center Show, Vermont, USA
Crossing, solo exhibition at SGFA The Private Gallery
     
2007   Links, solo exhibition at SGFA The Private Gallery
     
2006   Malaysian Watercolour Society 2006, KL
Kerja Kertas Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
     
2005   Malaysian Watercolor Society Show, KL
Tashkent Biennale 2005 International Exhibition, Uzbekistan
     
2004   “Capturing the Flow" Installation, Gallery Petronas
The 22nd Korea New Art Festival, Seoul, South Korea
     
2003   Metamorphosis Lantern Installation Aoyama Gallery, Gallery Petronas, OIC and KL Sentral
New Forest Installation, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
Korea New Painting International Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea
     
2002   Set New Concept Art Exhibition, The Art Gallery, KL
     
2001   Malaysia Open Show 2001, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
     
2000   WWF Art For Nature III, Islamic Museum, KL
     
1999   Aku (“I”) , Self Portrait Exhibition, Gallery Petronas, KL
     
1998   Philip Morris Asean Art Exhibition Tour, Singapore Art Museum & Brunei Museum
Recent Acquisitions 1995-1998 Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
     
1997   Philip Morris Malaysian Art Competition/ Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
Philip Morris Malaysian Asean Art Award/ Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines
     
1996   Philip Morris Malaysian Art Competition/ Exhibition, National Gallery, Malaysia
Bakat Muda Sezaman 1996, National Gallery, Malaysia
     
1994   Shah Alam Open Show '94, Gallery Shah Alam
Pameran Seni Lukis Isu Bosnia, Gallery Petronas, KL
Kenyir Eco-Fest Art Exhibition, Malaysia & Singapore Exhibition Tour
Malaysian Open, Gallery Petronas, KL
East Meets West, West Meets East Exhibition, Maybank Gallery, KL
     
1993   Johore Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, J.B. Hokkien Association
     
1992   Watercolor exhibition, Pusat Seni Warna Utama, Klang
Traditional Boat Exhibition, Gallery Shah Alam
Greening the World Persekutuan Pelukis Malaysia, Maybank Gallery, KL
23rd KLCA Fine Art Graduation Show, KLCA Gallery
Shah Alam Open Show '92 Gallery Shah Alam
     

Significant collections


National Art Gallery, Malaysia; HSBC (Malaysia); Central Bank of Malaysia; Siemens International; and private collections.