Monday, January 16, 2006

Portugese art in Malaysia

As dusk falls on Jalan Batu Ferringi, Malaysia, the nightmarket comes out onto the sidewalk. Stalls are soon filled up with row upon row of shiny, copied Rolex, Omega and Breitling watches, and a thousand other oddments for tourist dollars.

One stall that has no truck with copies belongs to the artist LD Vincent. A Malaysian Portugese, born in Malacca, Vincent produces vignettes of life around him - the crowded, hot street-life of the Orient that is Penang, Malaysia.

With pen and paint - rarely oil - and via various mediums: ceramics, canvas, water-board - the scenes of the East come alive to attract and fascinate.

Exhibiting his work only occasionally, Vincent seems a shy, retiring man - leaving the selling of his paintings to his wife, but he IS a talent, and uses techniques from surrealism, impressionism and more abstract art to create his work.

After diverting from singing the blues in 1972, LD now produces high quality, unorthodox and hauntingly beautiful art to tempt the tourist looking for something to encapsulate places visited in the Orient. In the work of LD Vincent, he finds it in a true and original style.
Robert L. Fielding


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