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Apr 4, 2018


'Incomplete Is Complete' is a group exhibition by Aminah Abd Rahman, Choo Kok Choon, Shireen Lee and Wee Chiang Lung held from 23 June to 25 July 2014 at University of Malaya Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The four artists are from different background of art education and practice. Their painting subjects and techniques are obviously different and yet possess similarity in term of contemporary thinking in creating artwork. It is hope that this exhibition could enrich people's perception in viewing paintings besides encouraging the development of local art among younger generation of artists in a diversifying way. 

The title, Incomplete is Complete, came to mind after curator of this exhibition, the late Mr. Tan Tong, passed away before completing his writings and analysis of artworks. Mr. Tan had once said, "A complete painting for one could be incomplete for others. In-completeness is completeness or vice versa." Be it an artwork or a person, none is complete or perfect. We accept incompleteness or imperfection existed in individuals to live to the completeness of perfection of society.




Aminah Abd Rahman, has fascinated in painting watercolour for many years.  Currently she is the Chairman of Malaysian Watercolour Society (MWS). In recent years, she has worked closely with group of Austrian Artists and managed to develop her own new approach in painting watercolour for abstract theme. However, in 2013, she has once again immersed in the romance of flowers.

Choo Kok Choon, living in Johor Bahru, suffers from visual impaired since young. However, He has never given up painting. There are strong influences of German Expressionists and Japanese Pop Culture in his comical and illustration style of painting. Graduated from University of Tasmania with Bachelor of Fine Art, Choo’s art reflects his anxiety, dissatisfaction and sorrow towards life and living in modern society. 

Shireen Lee, graduated with Bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning from UTM, received informal art study from renowned artists who graduated from Singapore, Australia and France respectively. Her new series is a combination of many styles recollecting the tradition and modernity of subtle expressions and compositions. She is now member of several art societies local and aboard. 

Wee Chiang Lung, principal of Wees Fine Arts Academy in Johor Bahru, prefers to use ‘dot’ in his paintings. Graduated with Diploma from Singapore Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Degree from Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Wee has won many awards through his artworks that highlight the human’s fuzziness and misconception to the real life and art. 

From Left : Choo, Shireen, YBhg. Dato' Mahadzir Lokman, Aminah and Wee

Incomplete Puzzle, Complete Arrangement
by Anita Z, Curator, University of Malaya Art Gallery (May 14, 2014)

 I have pleasure in writing a brief appreciation on 'Incomplete Is Complete'; a group exhibition by Aminah Abd Rahman, Choo kok Choon, Shireen Lee and Wee Chiang Lung. Knowing them is like opening a new chapter from the best selling author. It's just grabbed me from page one and refused to let go until i read the last word....The title really make me smile and the first thing that entered my mind is about PUZZLE.

I was reading "Finding Your Way in a Wild New World" by Martha Beck's last night and she talked about finding a metaphor for everything. For some reasons, I started to think about a jigsaw puzzle as a metaphor of life. In the beginning there are so many pieces and it can be hard to figure out where to start. But you create a plan and start the journey. Many people start a puzzle by doing the outside pieces first. Some will sort the pieces into colours; others may sort them into shapes. But no matter how many pieces there are, it all starts when the first piece is in place and the puzzle gets put together one piece at a time. The journey of solving a puzzle sounds a bit like a life journey in that way, doesn't it? Sometimes you're working on a section and can't find the piece to complete that particular section. It can be very frustrating. One thing about a jigsaw puzzle is that it takes time to put it all together. You usually know what the final product is going to look like, but you have to go through the effort of placing each piece into its rightful position. There are no short cuts. One piece at a time, it's always a work in progress right up to the last piece. According to Kendall, Parkes and Spoerer, (2008), "A puzzle is a problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the slover. In a basic puzzle, one is intended to put together pieces in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution."

The same thing applies to the artists. how they complete the puzzle from an incomplete manners it's all up to them. Every piece comes with its own story and history. The elements of surprise remain untouched and the unexpected juxtapositions images lingered for us to see and absorb. It is like a channel for them to tell the world how they interpret and explore the beauty in art. Story, journey and history are combined together to complete the whole picture and creating the harmony for us to enjoy. One thing for sure, their work has its own story and meaning. Their works tell who they are and why they create it from the first place. Together under one roof they make what is incomplete to be complete and this exhibition tells everything about them.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them for this group exhibition and wish them every success in their endeavor. May God shower them with endless blessings and may he continuously be guided to portray the beauty and magnificence of Creation bestowed by the Al-Mighty.   

Participating artists presenting artwork as token of appreciation to Guest of Honour, YBhg. Dato; Mahadzir Lokman, who officiated the exhibition. Witnessed and accompanied by curator of University of Malaya Art Gallery, Puan Anita Z (2nd from right).

Aminah Abd Rahman posed with Guest of Honour in front of her artwork

'Kembang setaman mawar berduri
Suntingan kalbu mewarnai dihati
Junjungan kaseh buat Mu Ilahi
Berkatilah cinta kaseh abadi'
- Aminah Abd Raman -

Rose Mawati, 56cm x 75cm, watercolour on paper

Rose - Nani, 56cm x 75cm, Watercolour on paper

"Realistic, colourful and delighted study of rose flowers in her latest series of work is different from her past watercolour abstract expressionist period. Flower subject is ideal for woman to paint, as it it is very popular and appreciated by both public as well as aficionados."  --- by  Tan Tong

Shireen Lee explained the concept of her artwork to Guest of Honour

'Painting is a creative process involves art and science, emotion and control, completeness and incompleteness.'
- Shireen Lee

Above and Beneath the Surface #2, 45.5cm x 60.5cm, Mix media on paper

Heaven of Tranquility, 110cm x 180cm, Oil on Canvas

"A half self-taught artist with good thinking and good basic prescription. Be it in Japan or Malaysia, she has very good draftsmanship in drawing of nature, Malaysian landscape and the flora and fauna, the birds, fishes, lotus, scenery and others. Shireen has the essential for continued growth in the art. All the artistic of producing good and better works with disciplinary approach both in subjects and technique."  --- by  Tan Tong

Wee Chiang Lung shared his thought in painting with Guest of Honour

'The beauty is in nature, art can make you discover it.'
- Wee Chiang Lung -

Butterfly No.1, 60cm x 60cm, Acrylic on canvas

Butterfly No.5, 60cm x 60cm, Acrylic on canvas

"Wee's series study of butterfly in metamorphosis, in geometries of triangle, circle etc. As seen through a cabin hole or key hole. The symbolic circle shape represents metamorphosis of butterfly in four stages. This series is geometrical overlapping shapes of triangles, dots and of man-made representing organic and nature. A strong expression of emotions of colours of forms which are provocative inner power of life and elements about dead and reincarnation. Work reveal mixed feeling of sorrow, anger, calmness, discontent and being resentful."  --- by  Tan Tong

Guest of Honour praised Choo Kok Choon for his explosive energy and colours in artwork

'Agony is the only power and motivation to create....Everything is unfair.'
- Choo Kok Choon -

Crying Man, 51cm x 76cm, Oil on canvas

Heartbreak, 76cm x 91cm, Oil on canvas

"Face to face, a dramatic spirit is to be challenged by a technique. Fully explosive energy and semi abstract expressionist. Choo's art has a variety of reference, landscapes to individual wired, original moments and expression of personal conflict, producing an expression of creativity."  --- by  Tan Tong

The exhibition was officiated by YBhg. Dato' Mahadzir Lokman, Chairman of Board of Visual Art Development Malaysia, on 28 June 2014.

May 26, 2014


Discovery - Solo exhibition of Shireen Lee, which has been held successfully at Lobby Gallery of The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur on April 2014, is brought to be exhibited at Galeri Seni Rakyat (Folks Art Gallery) Jalan Laksamana, Melaka by Perbadanan Muzium Melaka (Malacca Museum Organization) from 6th May till 8th June 2014.

The exhibition was launched by Y.Bhg Datuk Lim Chow Beng, Director of Malacca State office of Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia during an opening held on 9th May 2014. It is one of the initiatives of Pengurus Besar of Perbadanan Muzium Melaka, Y.Bhg Datuk Haji Khamis Bin Haji Abas, to promote and appreciate the artworks of local artists in Malaysia.

Please click the link below for further reading. Thank you

visitors and guests who attended the opening.

Gift to VIP of opening, Y.Bhg Datuk Lim, and witnessed by 
Y.Bhg Datuk Haji Khamis.

Painting from artist for the permanent collection 
of Melaka State Art Gallery.  

Interviewed by press.

Explaining concept behind the artworks.

Staffs from Perbadanan Muzium Melaka who has contributed
their effort in organizing the exhibition.

Photo with curator of Persatuan Peminat Lukisan dan Kaligrafi Sim, 
Mr. Sim Beck Ghee.

Mar 11, 2014


DISCOVERY - Solo Exhibition of Shireen Lee 

will be held from 1st to 30th April 2014 at Lobby Gallery of The News Straits Times Press (M) Bhd., Jalan Riong, Kuala Lumpur.

This is her 4th solo exhibition that will be held for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2014 marks the 10th year of her career in art circle. For an artist, ten years is relatively a short period of time. For Shireen, it is just another beginning from here onwards in achieving greater maturity in her future artworks

The one month event will be officiated by Puan Aminah Abd Rahman, Chairman of Malaysian Watercolour Society (MWS), on 12th April 2014 at 2 p.m. The exhibition is a showcase of 30 artworks painted in various media from the series of 'Discovery of Memory', 'Discovery of Nature' and 'Life Is Going On'.  

Mohammad Azlan Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of The News Straits Time Press (NSTP), in his invitation letter stated that " Her collection seeks to incorporate a new approach in conventional art. With mix medias, she utilizes her medium to great effect by introducing surrealistic interpretation to flora and fauna. A treat to art aficionados, her great work brings distinct colours and patterns to the fore.......the collection proves that there are more sides to a seemingly fixed matter......".

According to Muhammad Noraznan bin Nayan, Executive Copywriter of NSTP, "Utilising mixed media, Shireen have moved away from her early methods, where she strives for realism, transferring what she sees onto canvas...... Her current approach is all her own, it is a surrealistic portrayal of Nature...... One would come to admire the interplay of colours, patterns and dimensions." 


In conjunction with this event, an art booklet is published. Selected paintings printed in this book are representative work of Shireen Lee completed in different period of time. It is through 'Discovery' solo exhibition, Shireen hopes public could discover and understand her different perspective in seeing things and presenting thoughts. Life experience and growth do influence her journey as an artist. For Shireen, she always has new elements to discover, experiment and develop in creating more creative artworks.

Public are welcome to visit the exhibition at Lobby Gallery of NSTP, Jalan Riong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  from 1st to 30th April 2014. 

For enquiry and arrangement in meeting artist, 
please call 019-2332565 or email to

SHIREEN LEE - Discovery
By : Mohammad Azlan Abdullah 
CEO of The New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad

On behalf of The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the paintings of Shireen Lee. Her upcoming Solo Art Exhibition entitled 'DISCOVERY' is without doubt, a great introduction to surrealistic art. Scheduled for April 2014, it is a magnificent event that you should not miss.

Her collection seeks to incorporate a new approach in conventional art. With mixed medias, she utilizes her medium to great effect by introducing surrealistic interpretation to flora and fauna. A treat to art aficionados, her great work brings distinct colours and patterns to the fore.

The interplay of colours, perspectives and dimensions is a wonder to behold. Shireen's mastery of it brings a unique quality to an otherwise common depiction.

All in all, the collection proves that there are more sides to a seemingly fixed matter. An open mind and a willingness to break the mold will lead to a greater understanding of the world around us.

In Quest of a Dream Other-World

By : Ooi Kok Chuen, writer and curator

SHIREEN Lee's Discovery is both a record as well as a self- revelation of experiences, memories and expressions of her past and present, that somehow morphed into a personal Shangri-La.

Her real world is idealised by a placedness and nostalgia to a lost Time - principally her growing up in Seri Kembangan in Selangor, then a New Village, where the Chinese worker group was repopulated into cluster zones for easier governance. The villages also acted as a buffer against communist influence and intimidation, during the Malayan Emergency in 1948 and thereafter.

It is from this undeveloped and underdeveloped rural community in her growing-up years that reveals her affinity with Nature. This can perhaps be gleaned in her 1World template where there is no distinction between Sky, Earth and Water and where there is no Horizon.

Her credo is not about the Survival of the Fittest, but that of a happy co-existence of all life-forms - birds both in flight and perched like the Yellow Bird that referenced Paul Klee; creeping and flying insects; marine creatures; wild and domestic and domesticated animals; plants, flowers and trees; the symbolic lotus - each snug and smug in its own private domain, with nary a phobia of any intrusion or distraction.

 Ditto, her verisimilitude works of broken but stout tree branches embellished  with parasitic ferns and creepers, showing her adeptness with watercolours despite her being self-taught and her relatively short time of art practice.

In one series, typical New Villages makeshift homes are placed in camera focal zones, hinting at a flashback to a time when life was simpler perhaps, though much tougher - without all the material comforts of this globalized present.

There is another strand in Shireen Lee's art narrative - that which she uses more contemporary idioms - in still-life collage and in a hodge-podge composition of symbolic images. Here, the veracity of printed text and images is nuanced with the painted images both as symbolic and designing elements. Her neat uncluttered and near-meticulous compositions in her still-life works and the New Villages are the only clues of her training in town-planning and urban design.

While Shireen Lee herself professes to being much influenced by Tan Tong (1942-2013), much to her credit, she has taken her mentor's strictures on aesthetics and philosophy only as guidelines to create new vistas and vision of expressions and self-discoveries. Her earlier mentors were Tang Hong Lee and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts-trained Tan Sik Yaw she had been keen on art since her primary-school days right up to her studies at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. But it was her exposures to Japanese arts and culture, during her stay in Fukuoka from December 2009 to March 2012, that add a new maturity of concept and handling in her works.

This landmark solo exhibition, her first in Kuala Lumpur, marks Shireen Lee's 40 years of age and more significantly, her 10 years since actively being involved in the art circle, but it is by no means a destination or her having arrived. More so, it is a breathing space and important transition, and a tantalizing glimpse of what she has to offer. What is most edifying is her spirit of adventure, a single-mindedness to strike out on her own, to find and fulfill her own identity and destiny.

Shireen Lee’s Solo Art Exhibition

By :   Muhammad Noraznan bin Nayan, Executive copywriter of NSTP

Passage of time often becomes the precursor or arbiter of change. This resonates clearly in art as time acts as the agent of transformation, aiding in the maturing process of a painter and his or her creative process. Breakthroughs, the ebb and flow of inspiration, these came when we least expect and after much reflection and experience. A decade in the making, Shireen Lee’s career started in 2004 and her newest collection is the sum total of her evolution as a painter.

DISCOVERY is a culmination of a lifelong journey; one that is dominated by experience and influence. Shireen’s mentors and a stint in Japan have transformed her perspective and approach to art. Her craft has evolved to the point where she is no longer confined to any medium and fixed interpretation. Utilising mixed medias, Shireen have moved away from her early methods, where she strives for realism, transferring what she sees onto canvas.

Nowadays, composition and research took much of her time. This in turn, brings about a considerably more nuanced interpretation, a synergy of her composition and analysis based on the subject matter at hand. Her paintings reflect her emotions and unique interpretation. Her art takes a significant departure from realistic conventions. She no longer mimics real-world perspective and dimensions. Her current approach is all her own, it is a surrealistic portrayal of nature.

Nonetheless, Shireen’s work is still rooted in the real world. The subject matter has always been nature and the places she have visited. Upon research and composition, she proceeded to experiment with angle, perspectives and colour. Among her unique touch, she employs double rectangular lines to simulate viewing from a camera. The edges of the paintings are also blurred so as to drive audience’s focus to the centre, again, mimicking the way one utilizes camera to capture the environment.

Her surrealistic approach is more apparent in her portrayal of a natural setting. For instance, she portrayed tsunamis and fishes in distinct colours and patterns. Their dimensions are heightened, the scene above and below the surface are thrust to the forefront. One would come to admire the interplay of colours, patterns and dimensions.

Amid the complexity, Shireen’s command of the medium is clear. The interplay of colours, the arrangement of the scene evokes an admiration for her skill. At the same time, the surrealistic approach implores the audience to ponder and reminisce.
However, Shireens’s collection shouldn’t be taken at face value. While it’s artistic merits are undeniable, it also speaks about the diversity of interpretation. Art, in essence, is a lense through which we view the world. Take a step into Shireen’s creations and we will experience a journey like none other.

Mar 4, 2014


Solo Show – Turning Point: 2010-2013 Selected Artworks of Shireen ...

To 'Turning Point' and back

- A Solo Exhibition of Shireen Lee

ARTIST ARRIVES: Fresh from her sojourn in Japan, Shireen Lee unveils the remarkable body of work accomplished during her residency in Fukuoka

JOHOR BARU: ARTIST Shireen Lee's residency in Japan began in December 2009. It was during her two-and-a-half-year stay in Fukuoka that she developed her own unique painting style.
A series of landscape paintings entitled Discovery of Memory in mixed media, a representation of memories in her hometown Seri Kembangan during her younger days, is among the remarkable body of work she accomplished in Japan.
Her solo exhibition Turning Point: 2010-2013 Selected Artworks of Shireen Lee unveils her work in Malaysia for the first time since her return from Japan.
About 30 paintings in various media are showcased in the exhibition held until Oct 30 at Old Street Studio, 52 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, here.
Lee had been invited to display her work at the studio at the beginning of the year, which was when she started planning and selecting the pieces to meet the theme "Turning Point".
"My stay in Japan has brought me fresh energy and a new perspective to my art career.
"It was a turning point in my painting style and way of presenting ideas," said Lee.
The event is a prelude to her solo exhibition at the NSTP Gallery in Kuala Lumpur next year.
Her mentor, the late Tan Tong, said this of her: "The flourish of her art in this series is pure visual delight. Her latest landscape paintings are of dynamic colours; the shapes and forms are a clear mix of the mysterious and surreal in nocturnal settings which are stimulating and exciting."
Lee, born 1973 in Kuala Lumpur, graduated with a degree in urban and regional planning from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1997.
Starting with watercolours at the age of 10, Lee now paints in various media including oil, acrylic and mixed.
Lee made her debut in the local art scene in 2002.
Old Street Studio is open from 11am to 6pm on weekdays and from 11am to 10pm on Saturdays.

See the selected works of Shireen Lee at Old Street Studio. 
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Read more: To 'Turning Point' and back - Johor - New Straits

Reported in Malaysia local press.