Minister: Young S’wakian artists can be next Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci if groomed properly

Abdul Karim (second right) during the BIC Festival Vol 2: Celebrating Sarawak Cultural Revival through Art’ at La Promenade Mall on June 24, 2023.

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By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, June 24: Young Sarawakian artists should be groomed by professionals in the field as they have the potential to be the next Vincent Van Gogh or Leonardo Da Vinci, says Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry, And Performing Arts Sarawak, Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdul Karim said these artists have big dreams and the potential to take the art world by storm.

He added that this is achievable as Sarawak has its own art gallery and organisers who can showcase these artists’ works.

“Who does not want to go on a world stage to expose themselves? It is the same in the art world,” he told reporters when met at the ‘BIC Festival Vol 2: Celebrating Sarawak Cultural Revival through Art’ at La Promenade Mall today.

Abdul Karim shared that he is very impressed by young artists’ works which is a testament to their creativity and talent.

“Some people can speak very well and are extroverts while others are quiet, and they show it in art forms,” he opined.

Abdul Karim also lauded Borneo Illustration and Creative (BIC) and Hock Seng Lee Berhad for getting these artists together to showcase their work.

“This is good for all the artists and us in Sarawak,” he said.

The theme for the festival from June 24 to July 9 is ‘Sarawak Day: The Revival of Cultural Celebrations’, which will have 36 exhibitions.

Among the festival exhibits are ‘Tree of Solidarity’ by Chameleon Art Studio, ‘Love from Above’ by ArtTod Art Studio, and ‘The Land of Hope’ by Fun Art Club.

Abdul Karim’s wife, Datin Sri Zuraini Abdul Jabbar, was also present. — DayakDaily