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Arising I
Arising I

Arising I is a grim abstract composition that evokes a sense of devastation. Perng Fey’s gestural strokes create the impression of a rocky outcropping against a streaky sky. The painting is awash in colours of the apocalypse: barren brown, sludgy grey-green, and toxic orange. Several thin red lines in the centre of the painting seem to connect in a wedge-like shape, bringing to mind architectural drawings. The straight lines appear as a contrast to the impressionistic style of the landscape. The painting is consistent with the works the artist made two years before, during his time as an artist-in-residence at Rimbun Dahan in 2002, during which he produced a series of landscapes elegising the impact of modern development on the natural landscape.

Oil on canvas
172 × 240 cm
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Wong Perng Fey
About Wong Perng Fey

Wong Perng Fey (b. 1974, Kuala Lumpur) graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1998 under a full scholarship. In 2002, he was selected for the yearlong Malaysia-Australia Visual Arts Residency at Rimbun Dahan, Kuang. He works across a range of mediums but his works often return to the themes of landscape and memory. His works are in the collections of the National Art Gallery, the Central Bank of Malaysia, PETRONAS, and the Singapore Art Museum. He is currently based in Beijing.

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  • Describe what you see in this painting. Describe how the artist has used colour. What is the dominant colour or colours in the painting? Describe how the artist has used line. How has he applied the paint? Are there shapes that you recognise in the painting? What does the painting remind you of?

  • The title of the painting is Arising 1. What do you think the title refers to? Does the title change the way you read the painting? What is the mood of the painting? How has the artist created that mood?