Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kuen Stephanie

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. ~Pablo Picasso

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~Twyla Tharp

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~Leonardo da Vinci

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. ~Amy Lowell

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

Art is the colors and textures of your imagination. ~Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

Art is pictures straight from the heart. ~Ben, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

To me, art is the picture that sits in a perfect pose on my wall, shelf or floor with colours that match my furniture and a gorgeous frame to finish. OK, seriously now....when I chance across a piece that strikes a chord in some personal way and it fits my three digit budget, I'd bring it home.
Sitting room of Kuen Stephanie

Kuen Stephanie’s paintings get to the heart of the matter. A nostalgic revisiting of a Malaysia that is fast-disappearing, she captures the small, seemingly inconsequential details which have suddenly become precious, by virtue of scarcity. 
Snacking on rambutans

Her paintings usually depict scenes that would be considered too banal for art in the ordinary scheme of things – but which she manages to imbue with her own peculiar sense of enchantment. 
Ladies peering out of their windows


It may be the numerous cats stretched out lazily on the steps of a kampong house, the bags of grain on the floor of a typical Chinatown shophouse, the mangoes leaves adorning the lintel of an Indian household, the frangipani trees or it may be her vivid Matisse-like colour scheme. Either way, she manages to lovingly recapture the Malaysia that once was from her treasure trove of memories. 
Portrait of Love

Secret Recipe - women in a family cooking together

Kuen Stephanie can be reached at 012-2180690 or email her at Visit her website at

* Images courtesy of Kuen Stephanie.

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