KUCHING, Dec 10: Sarawak Artists Society (SAS) has launched its biggest art show at La Promenade Mall, Kuching.
Funded by the Sarawak Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, the art show is part of Sarawak-International Art Camp (SIAC2022) in conjunction with SAS’ 37th Anniversary Annual Art Show and was officiated by the permanent secretary for Sarawak Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts (MTCP) Datu Hii Chang Kee.
According to SAS in a statement today, the exhibition, which started on Dec 9, marks the end of its very first SIAC2022, which was held from Dec 5 to 9 at Annah Rais Longhouse in Jalan Borneo Height, Padawan.
The group exhibition titled ‘Unthemed’ is the outcome of the art camp and artwork from 44 SAS artists. Some 25 artists from Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Germany, Sabah, Sibu, Sarikei, and Kuching translated their experiences and inspiration into more than 30 paintings during their two-day stay at Annah Rais.
“The curators of this exhibition believed that the paintings made during the art camp are rich with meaning about Sarawak life and culture, especially with the influence from Annah Rais’s environment,” the society said.
The paintings produced by the artists used composition, techniques, skills, and styles to endow the details with affective significance, ideas, and values that underlie the Sarawak culture, where the masterpieces truly transcend cultural boundaries through art.
The other 44 artists from SAS are given the biggest room for creativity without any boundaries or theme.
As SAS is a prestigious art society that has been around since 1985 and has various generations of members from different art styles, schools of thought, and races, the entire show displays a melting pot of expressions.
Some pieces are also available as non-fungible token (NFT) art for the first time, a personal initiative by the artists to venture into NFT.
Members of the public are invited to visit the art exhibition from Dec 10, 2022, until Jan 8, 2023, at Level 1 (Opposite Zoro), La Promenade Mall, which is also the sponsor of the exhibition venue. — DayakDaily