“This painting was thought about from a basic human need: Rest. It has been an elusive idea to some of my peers and myself, once upon a time. More often than not, they are already serving and doing their very best with excellence, but it’s never enough. The work is never finished. This never ending work takes its toll on our bodies, mind and soul.
I believe we are beings designed to work AND rest so that we are able to continue to give our best to others in the work we do. It is a choice to make time for those moments to breathe, be still to reset again. This is the second painting of the Thoughtful Collection."
Title: Restful (2020)
Artist: Yow Chi Leng
Medium: Watercolour & Gouache on Paper
Size: 70 cm x 50 cm
Price: RM 1,200 (with dark brown wooden frame and exclusive non-reflective matte glass cover)
A little bit about the Artist
Yow Chi Leng graduated with a Bachelors in International Communications Studies from the University of Nottingham. She is currently a teacher and teacher trainer at the Ace Edventure Schools and is part of a team that runs an Art & Design program for teens.
For Chi Leng, art has always been a space for exploration and reflection of people, observations in everyday life and nature, and most recently, self: the quirks, joys, and struggles. It is a way to connect with each other's experiences and humanity.
Be it lineart or watercolour illustrations, her work focuses on fine details, merging the everyday with whimsical or magical elements. She has been exploring art since she was 9 and is a self-taught illustrator, working specifically with pens, coloured pencils and watercolour.
Starting from 2009, she has been a part of the art festival scene like Art for Grabs, selling her smaller illustrations and crafts. Since then, she has done murals and illustrative work for various organisations. She also conducts watercolour workshops and private art classes.
“I find joy and am often moved by the mysteries found in everyday observations of people and the world. Being able to tell those kinds of stories reminds me that we don't necessarily have to save the world to connect with others and make a difference.” - Yow Chi Leng
This artwork is part of the exhibition "Be Kind. Have Courage : Mental Health Awareness", which runs from 10.10.2020 until 12.12.2020 (extended to 3.1.2021)