b. 1965, Malaysia
As a leading name in Malaysian contemporary art, with a specific expertise in unique works created through mixed printing techniques, Kim has a broad, multi-disciplinary and experimental art practice.
Ng is interested in lived environments and the marks humans leave on the places they pass through. Graffiti, and marks left on streets and roads, serve as motifs in many of his works. Many of these are lifted from the places in Malaysia he is most familiar with: Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Johor. Marks and graffiti, he states, are the way people express their thoughts and feelings. Kim lived and studied in the UK for about 12 years. Upon his return to Malaysia is 2002, so much had changed and the contrasts of memory and present inspired a fascination with the urban and a sense of nostalgia taken in his artistic practice. His early solo exhibition, ‘In a Place of Wonder’, consequently drew inspiration from the wonder of the urban world. The photographic images of streets used are taken by the artist.
Ng has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting and print. He is interested in texture, and his use of repetition and abstraction adds textural dimension to each work. His print technique is highly innovative as he often uses functional objects to print with. The plastic bag in one of his works, for instance, was printed using a real plastic bag.
He has exhibited widely and his works are part of local and international collections.
Kim Ng regards himself as an observer and recorder, continually utilising the busy city streets as a long-standing source of inspiration, practising his belief that that in order to understand society one needs to step out into the streets and observe the realities out there.
Form I (Seating), 2017
Red iron oxide, white slip and acrylic on fired clay and industrial glue on treated MDF board
122 x 122 cm
Form II (Leap), 2017
Red iron oxide on fired clay and industrial glue on treated
122 x 122 cm
Silkscreen, spray paint, bitumen
35 x 70 cm
Plot III, 2006
Object print, water-based paint, bitumen
35 x 70 cm
Untitled #69, 2006
70 x 100 cm
Pencil, water-based paint, bitumen, screen print, transfer print and collage on paper
36.5 x 44.2 cm