| Zee Yusri |
BAIDURI Bank held a special private preview of the upcoming ‘Combustion’ art exhibition, featuring masterpieces by local artists Wilson Mc Lau and Lisa Ahmad, for 50 invited executives and customers at the Kaleidoscope Gallery in Kiulap yesterday.
The occasion was officiated by Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Networking, Baiduri Bank.
In his welcoming speech, Pg Azaleen said, “As a local bank, we have always supported the development of local talents and are encouraged by the growing interest and passion among Bruneians in the field of art. We are delighted to support this event, and we hope to see more events like this in the near future.”
Combustion is a product of two local artists with different styles collaborating and guiding each other into reaching new heights in art making.
Wilson Mc Lau explores his emotions through his splashes of watercolour and figurative imagery in a street art style, while drawing of natural flora and fauna as well as portraiture resulting in a painting that is both spirited and dynamic.
Lisa Ahmad utilises natural forms to convey intangible concepts, and creates works of art through stream of drawing and using organic forms of flora and fauna as inspiration – her dense line work combines to form intricate images that are meant to be a springboards for the imagination.
Speaking of their works, Wilson Mc Lau said that his explorations in watercolour are a reflection of his personality and hoped that the audience can feel his passion and love for art and painting through his painting.
Meanwhile, Lisa explained that the use of organic forms are meant to have a calming effect on the audience. She added that it is similar to Wilson’s works and that her choice in colours represents moods and emotions and encapsulate a particular atmosphere within her painting.
The vibrant and expressive art exhibits were accompanied by the soothing and soulful voice of the local acoustic singer, Kala Karwanamurthi.
Full of energy, colour and illustration, Combustion gives a different take on what is considered traditional and basic modes of working – drawing and watercolour showing them to be mediums that should not be discarded but celebrated.
The guests were served light refreshments throughout the evening as the artists took them on a tour of the art exhibit and mingled with each other.
Also in attendance at the event were Hjh Maripaz Abdullah, Head of Business Development and the Programme Manager of Baiduri Smart Executive Programme, and Dorothy Newn, Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing.
The five-day art exhibition is open to the public commencing today and will mark the first time that Kaleidoscope Studio has presented a two-man art exhibition.