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From June 7 to 22, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) hosted an exhibition titled “The Untiring Engraver—48 Years of Original Prints by Loo Foh Sang” at its Wisma Kebudayaan SGM center in Kuala Lumpur.
Loo Foh Sang studied art in Singapore and Paris. After graduation, he remained in Paris to study printmaking under Stanley William Hayter, founder of the legendary Atelier 17 studio. One of the most influential printmakers in Malaysia, Mr. Loo is also skilled in oil and Chinese ink paintings. This year marks his 70th birthday.
This exhibition showcased close to 100 original prints created between 1966 and 2014. The printmaking techniques showcased included woodcut, intaglio, silkscreen mono-prints and intaglio-relief mono-prints—the last two invented by Mr. Loo himself.
The exhibition was officially opened on June 8. Guest of honor was Ooi Kok Chuen, a prominent art columnist and member of the National Visual Arts Development Board. The Sutra Dance Theatre gave a performance of Odissi, a classical Indian dance form, featuring Rathimalar Govindarajoo, one of Malaysia’s leading classical Indian dancers. SGM General Director Koh Sia Feai, Mr. Loo and Mr. Ooi also spoke.
The highlight of the opening was Mr. Loo’s demonstration of a silkscreen mono-print, in which he invited guests to join him in using household utensils such as forks and spoons to apply colors to the screen.
On June 15, Mr. Loo also held a plaster print demonstration. In addition, he led three afternoon workshops where children and their parents could experience the process of printmaking from beginning (plate making) to end (finished artwork) through creating “Happy Family” T-shirts together.
[Compiled from a report on the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) website; photos courtesy of SGM]
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