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Have you ever wondered who are some of Lim Tze Peng's favorite artists? As a prominent figure in the local art scene, Lim Tze Peng has been captivated by the artworks of Lau Moa Seng. Every artist has their favorite artist or idol during their formative years, and while many may choose renowned figures like Van Gogh or Picasso, one of Lim Tze Peng's all-time favorite artists is none other than Lau Moa Seng. 


Mesmeric Muar showcases Lau Moa Seng's exploration of his hometown, Muar, capturing its architecture, street life, and natural beauty. Using oil pastels and canvas boards, Lau Moa Seng skillfully brings Muar to life, infusing his artworks with vibrant colors and lively scenes. His paintings convey the essence of everyday moments and the liveliness of his subjects, offering a captivating glimpse into Muar's multifaceted allure.


Lau Moa Seng prefers working on rigid canvas boards, allowing him to apply vigorous and animated strokes with precision. His mastery of oil pastels adds texture and intensity to his artwork. Completed en plein air, each piece captures the spontaneity and energy of the scene.


Mesmeric Muar is not only a celebration of Lau Moa Seng's artistic prowess but also a testament to the allure of Muar itself. The exhibition showcases his ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, infusing his works with a mesmerizing quality that captivates the imagination.


Lau Moa Seng 刘麻生(b.1944, Muar, Johor, Malaysia)


Lau Moa Seng was born in Muar, Johore, Malaysia in 1944. After graduating from the esteemed Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1967, he quickly made his mark in the art world. His unique expressionistic style and dynamic brushwork bring to life the energy and spirit of Muar.


About the artwork:




The exhibition, Mesmeric Muar showcases Lau Moa Seng's artistic exploration of Muar through three distinct categories: buildings, street life, and nature. His paintings transport viewers to a bygone era as he captures the architectural heritage of Muar, merging colonial-era structures with post-independence styles. With bold colors, textured strokes, and undeniable energy, the artist's portrayals celebrate Muar's timeless allure.


Lau Moa Seng invites viewers to immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Muar's street life through his artworks depicting bustling ‘kopitiams’, warehouses, and marketplaces. With a brusque yet expressive style reminiscent of modernist art, his use of vibrant and saturated colors adds a unique dynamism to the scenes. Lau Moa Seng captures the essence of Muar's streets, infusing the ordinary with extraordinary magic.


In his nature works, Lau Moa Seng transports us to the serene landscapes beyond the urban hustle and bustle. He reveals his deep connection with nature, portraying lush forests, meandering rivers, and the interplay of light and shadows. Using a mixture of subdued tones and well-placed bursts of color, he invites viewers to embrace the tranquility and beauty of Muar's natural surroundings.

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