JOLLY KOH @ 76
30 NOVEMBER – 17 DECEMBER 2017
30 November – 17 December 2017
11am to 8pm daily
White Box, MAP@Publika
Level G2, Block A5, Solaris Dutamas,
No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jolly Koh is a prime mover of modern art in Malaysia. A thinker, as well as an aesthetic tour de force, he is an artist who brought an international dimension to a country that might otherwise have laboured on with watercolour scenes of kampongs and padi fields. Dr Koh transformed local art in the Sixties and continues to do so at the age of 76.
This artist’s work is a reflection of more than the sensual pleasure of paint. His background is as cosmopolitan as his approach to art. Brought up in the multicultural melting pot of Malacca, he studied painting at Hornsey College and art education at London University. A Fulbright scholarship took him to the USA, where he completed the Doctor of Education degree at Indiana University. Much of his life has been given to art education, having taught in the USA, Australia and Malaysia.
This is an exhibition that showcases about 40 of Jolly’s recent works and in conjunction with the book launch of Jolly’s 3rd publication “Jolly Koh @ 76”. His commitment to the mind as well as the senses is preserved in this book — one of the very few to have been written by an artist about his own work and times.