It’s no secret that the Malaysian art scene has become a significant canvas for local artists to push their creative boundaries while staying true to their artistic voice. Whether you have a penchant for realistic graphite drawings or watercolour paintings, everyone loves the diversity of local artworks that is well-represented by our talented artsy folks in Malaysia.
1. Lim Zhi Lin
Adorable isn’t enough to summarise the illustrations that Lim Zhi Lin creates on a daily basis. Beaming with inspirations from Japanese anime to cute Shiba Inus, The One Academy graduate loves creating beautifully-drawn pieces on blank pieces of papers. In the past year, she has published her own book and even, made an appearance at Comic Fiesta 2016.
2. Sheena Liam
Whenever we think of Sheena Liam, it’s tough to shake off her famous win from Asia’s Next Top Model. Hence, we embrace them wholeheartedly, together with her newfound interest in embroidery art. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Sheena breathes freshness into the traditional art skill by playing with figures and silhouettes on fabric.
When it comes to handmade miniature art, there’s only one name that dances in our heads: Picoworm. Led by artist Lim Pui Wan, she has been crafting fun-sized version of your everyday Malaysian things, from the classic ang ku kueh to the traditional kitchen utensils. Browsing through her Instagram feed is enough to make us wish that we can collect every single piece she creates. We’ve interviewed Picoworm too – check it here!
4. Atie J
Aside from dedicating her weekend to recharge, art lecturer Atie J runs a watercolour and illustrations workshop that spread the joy of painting to the art community. Her immense talent translates well through the floral, food and dessert illustrations you see on her Instagram. Did we mention that she illustrated a magazine cover for Destination Malaysia as well?
5. Hsu Lynn Pang
She may be based in Singapore, but the art pieces made by local illustrator Hsu Lynn Pang is still well-appreciated by fellow Malaysians. She’s best known for painting gorgeous murals at Marmalade Café and Stranger at 47 as well as crafting whimsical artwork that feels straight out from the pages of fairy tales. If you have the chance, pick up her first children’s picture book titled ‘My Brother is a Bear’.