夢想的力量 The Power of Ch’ng Kiah Kiean’s Dreams

對藝術的熱誠和不懈追求造就了今日的莊嘉強。他持有馬來西亞理科大學房屋、建築及策劃系和建築系雙學位,畢業後卻沒朝本科發展,反而成了一位成功的畫家和平面設計師。這一切只因他對夢想的力量深信不疑。

身為人師最為自豪的莫過於擁有一位勇於追求夢想的傑出學生了。嘉強自小就想當畫家。他小時候跟我習畫時就告訴我,藝術是他的最愛。
身為他的繪畫老師,我從未曾對他想當畫家的志願有所懷疑,因為他的藝術天份、潛力和熱情從小就展露無遺。儘管個性文靜且略顯害羞,他卻勇於將自己的情感和想法透過獨特的風格呈現於畫中。在我的繪畫班上,他總是不怕下苦工勤做練習,靜物寫生時尤其仔細和認真。

如今,他已擺脫正規繪畫訓練的種種羈絆走自己的藝術之路,以敏銳的線條和筆觸呈現出一幅幅啟人思考的素描。文靜害羞的他在藝術創作上無疑有著大膽強烈的風格,《素描老檳城》中的作品就是最好的證明。

嘉強以鉛筆線條進行的各種實驗和探索,往往給觀畫者極大的啟發。他選擇只以黑白線條來表現,如此則觀畫者的注意力就不會分散了。

他通過這樣的表現手法展現了極大的才華與功力,題材和手法也呈多樣化的表現,從街景到建築物,從漁船至海上人家,皆能以不同的手法善加處理。他最擅長寫實主義風格,這與他的建築設計出身不無關系。無論如何,這並不妨礙他趨向更自由和更具表現力的手法,以至趨近印象主義甚至半抽象的畫風,從而充分展現出他對此媒介的掌握和運用能力。

就一個年輕藝術家而言,能將自己多年來對藝術熱情追求的成果結集成這本傑出的《素描老檳城》,是一件值得慶賀的事,更是一項值得贊揚的成就。

陳來和 • 檳城

What makes Ch’ng Kiah Kiean he is today is his aspiration and passion for art. This double-degree holder – one in Housing, Building & Planning; the other in Architecture – departs from his professional training to become a successful artist and graphic designer, all because he believes in the power of dreams.

No teacher could be more proud than to have an illustrious student who wants to go where he wants to and be what he wants to be. He wants to be an artist so much so that at one stage when Kiah Kiean was under my tutelage in art did he declare that his first love was art.

As his tutor and mentor, I have never in any way doubted his intention as he has shown his talent, potential and love for this creative subject. Quiet and shy though he may be, he has on the contrary, displayed a sense of individuality and persistence to express his ideas in his own personal style although when he was in my class, he was always prepared to go though the mills, meticulously doing academic exercises, not leaving out any details in his studies of still-life.

Today, he has freed himself from all the academic inhibitions to take his own route to produce thought-provoking sketches with his sensitive line expressions. Though he might be modest in certain ways, I would say that he is definitely bold when it comes to art as is evidenced in his works in this book of his entitled Sketches of Pulo Pinang.

Kiah Kiean experiments with and explores all possibilities of expressing lines with graphite, giving his viewers much thought-provoking experience. As a direct approach to communicating with lines and tones he opts for just black and white sans colours so that his audience may enjoy his works without other distractions.

Through this approach he has displayed his strength and versatility in expressing a wide range of subjects from street scenes to buildings and from boats to houses on the sea-front, employing different treatment in styles where he has shown to be much at ease with constructive realism which is much reminiscent of his training in architectural drawing. However, that does not deter him from going impressionistic, even approaching the semi-abstract with expressive vigour and freedom, thus asserting his competence in this medium.

This fine collection of drawings put together by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean in one book Sketches of Pulo Pinang, is indeed a great accomplishment for a young lad and is so commendable for the high quality of the labour of love.

Tan Lye Hoe • Penang

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