This blog was created as a venue for printmakers in Malaysia to come together and share ideas, information and facilities.
We also would like to create awareness, spread the love for printmaking!

Friday, 2 December 2016

It's been a long, long time, since I last attended a printmaking exhibition. Unfortunately,  i have many events to cover this Sat but hopefully I have the energy to attend this exhibition and speak to these new (well, new to me but may not be to all) print artists.

Do join me, friends of printmaking -

Opening Reception: ‘Carbon Copy ’- A Printmaking Exhibition,
 8pm, 3rd December 2016 ( Saturday )

G13 proudly presents `Carbon Copy ‘, a collaborative printmaking exhibition that features six printmakers from three countries. We will be showcasing artworks from Agung Prabowo and Mohamad ‘Ucup’ Yusuf from Indonesia, Hug Yin Wan and Sabihis Pandi from Malaysia, Jakkee Kongkaew and Thammasin Darunkan from Thailand.

‘Carbon Copy’ is a group exhibition that focuses on highlighting printmaking as one of the most important discipline in fine art. Collectively, the artworks varies differently both on themes and technical aspects which is a blend between contemporary and conventional method. This exhibition does not only aim to emphasize on printmaking artworks alone but also to disclose the possibility that defies the pinnacle of the discipline. Do drop by our gallery to witness these refreshing artworks from these Asean printmakers.

`Carbon Copy’ runs from 3rd December until 17th December 2016 at G13 Gallery. Gallery opens daily from 11am to 5pm, closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. To find out more about the exhibition, please log on to or You may also feel free to call 03 - 7880 0991, or email for more.

Exhibition Period :  3rd – 17th December 2016
Opening Reception : 8pm, 3rd December 2016 ( Saturday )
Venue : G13 Gallery, GL13, Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, Jalan
SS7/26, 47301 Kelana Jaya, Selangor. (behind Paradigm Mall)
Exhibition Hour : Open daily : 11am – 5pm (Closed on Sunday and Public Holiday)
Website :

Credits: All photos and information given by G13 Gallery (via email). Thank you and all the best to the artists!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Pangrok Sulap

Recently, from social media, we read of a group of young artists from Sabah who have been active in printmaking to tell a tale, a tale about life, a "cerita rakyat"...

This their story :
  • Pangrok Sulap bermula dari idea melukis karekter kartun mengenai realiti cerita rakyat yang gembira di negeri Sabah.Saat perkumpulan anak-anak muda yang liar dengan cerita-cerita yang direka menjadi bahan ketawa.
  • Dari cerita rakyat sehingga menjadi aksi rakyat.Komuniti kecil bawah Kaki Gunung Kinabalu (Ranau) ini bergiat aktif dalam pelbagai aktiviti kesenian.Berjuang bersama seni rojak untuk terus hidup.
  • Disini kami percaya setiap manusia itu adalah seniman. Kami ingin mengajak semua orang untuk berbuat apasaja berkaitan seni sebagai penyampai pesan dalam kehidupan seharian kita.
  • Bersama-sama kami memperjuangkan hak-hak rakyat.

    'Kita tidak mampu melakukan yang besar, kita mulakan dengan yang kecil'

  • Teaching Chow Kit Kids about woodcut printing....  along with social activist, Syed Azmi

    Melakukan kerja-kerja amal disetiap ruang yang ada. Belajar berkongsi ilmu dan menjadi pendorong manusia yang lainnya.

    Kami akan terus belajar dengan kamu.

    Pangrok Sulap;-
    Pangrok = Punkrock
    Sulap = Pondok rehat di sawah/kebun petani (Dusun)

- Wonderful efforts by these young artists. Wishing them all the best in their creative & charitable ventures!

Do check out their FB page 


We have had some enquiries about certain forms of printmaking techniques and where to learn this in Malaysia. Therefore we will be maintaining a list of centres giving printmaking classes.

This post will be updated as and when we learn of any new classes or workshops available.

Disclaimer : This is intended as a reference only. We do not have the resources to constantly check if the info is up-to-date. Pls contact & make arrangement for classes on your own.

We do not receive any commission besides goodwill (only sharing for purpose of exchanging & increasing knowledge & skill) for listing the centres in our blog.

We would greatly appreciate any comments regarding class changes/updates/personal reviews or if you know of anyone conducting printmaking classes.

We also have a sister blog that lists all kinds of creative classes / workshops which you may browse for any classes you may like to take

Listing as at Dec 2015
Raksasa Print Studio
  • E-mail:  Phone: 017. 261. 2118
  • Opening hours:
    • Tuesday - Saturday 11 AM - 9 PM
    • Sunday 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays

You can refer to Fauzi of TerusiArt studio…please do drop by and see their set up. 
Alamat studio: JKR 961-7, Jalan Dewan Bahasa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur. Location is Rumah Pena.

Find them at : 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

FYI - Plaster printing / Plaster Cast Etching

Has anyone tried to make a print using plaster of Paris?

In this article, Meredith Setser of  Herron School of Art explains how it works and tips on getting better results.

Plaster Cast Etching
A nice impression of etching plates, pronto plates, and even monotype plates can be made by making a plaster cast of the inked up matrix. The sensitivity of the plaster material can capture incredibly subtle nuances and details in an image, and is particularly well suited to images that have a wide range of values. This is a process that bridges the gap between sculpture and print.

These are the materials needed for etching plaster print:

  • plaster of paris
  • 2 mixing containers (bowls or pails)
  • oil base printing ink
  • Tarlatan and ink card for wiping etching plate
  • mold
  • plastic sheeting or saran wrap

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Test Print by Cetak Kolektif

 Tes Print Cover-01

Kuala Lumpur, December 2014 – To wrap up the year 2014, HOM Art Trans is pleased to announce another exciting exhibition that will take place at their gallery in Ampang. Entitled Test Print, this exhibition is a debut showcase of a newly established group of printmakers called Cetak Kolektif.
Cetak Kolektif consists of Samsudin Wahab, Faizal Suhif, Sabihis Pandi, Zul Husni Mohd Ridhuan, Arson Ong and Hazul Bakar who adopt conventional printmaking techniques, such as linocut, woodcut and silkscreen printing, in their art-making. 
​ “Printmaking is a medium that has less popularity now compared to other art-making processes like painting, drawing or sculpture,” said Bayu Utomo, director of HOM Art Trans. The aim of this exhibition is to generate interest in printmaking among Malaysian audience, thus elevating the practice of printmaking in the country.
Among the main objectives of Cetak Kolektif are to show the society the beauty of printmaking and help other printmakers in Malaysia to bloom and flourish. Besides this exhibition, the collective will also organise many other activities, including a printmaking workshop. Aside from emphasising conventional printmaking techniques, they also attempt to explore printing methods that are less practiced nowadays. This community aims not only to elevate and popularise the art of printmaking among younger generations but also to educate the public about this art medium.
Test Print will run from 30 December 2014 until 13 January 2015. There will also be a workshop demonstrating the process of linocut printing on 10 January 2015 at HOM Art Trans. The exhibition’s official launch is slated for 30 December 2014 at 8.30 pm and will be officiated by En. Juhari Said, a well-known Malaysian printmaker. The admission is free and everyone is invited.
The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 11.00 am – 6.00 pm. For more information, please log on to HOM Art Trans website
Sourced from Daily Seni

Photos during the Exhibition Opening on 30 Dec (sourced from
Exhibition officiated by Juhari Said, prominent printmaker

Also let's view the members of the Cetak Kolektif and their works

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Letterpress printing

What is Letterpress? 
Letterpress printing has become the go-to printing technique for wedding invitations, greeting cards, and business cards for anyone hoping to make an impression (pun intended) on the recipient.  Today’s cottage industry of letterpress printers has been built on the shoulders of 100 years of printing industry, starting around the late 1800s.  It’s easy to forget that what we treasure today as an artisan product, made by a well-trained craftsperson, was once known simply as printing.
What began with hand-set wood and metal type (read more about this from Jen of Starshaped Press here) has become an industry centered around the photo polymer plate.  Designing for letterpress today begins on a computer, and as such, new fonts, embellished ornaments, graphics, patterns, and complicated multi-color designs can be produced with relative ease.  The printing part is still by hand, one at a time.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Congrats to Long Thien Shih..

Please Note :
Dukacita dimaklumkan bahawa Encik Liao Shiou-Ping terpaksa membatalkan perjalanan beliau ke Malaysia atas sebab yang tidak dapat dielakkan. Manakala Encik Long Thien Shih akan menjayakan demonstrasi seni cetakan tersebut. Harap maklum.

We regret to inform that Mr. Liao Shiou-Ping had to cancel his trip to Malaysia due to unforseen circumstances. The demonstration of print making will be conducted by Mr. Long Thien Shih.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

How to write an Artist Statement

Many artists have significant problems when it comes to talking or writing about their work, primarily with reference to conceptual matters. Let’s look at a few ways to overcome the challenge of writing a great artist statement.

1, Become a salesperson

Often creators don’t think of themselves as sales-people and forget that the best pitch always comes from the source. And let’s be honest; without concepts and fiscal goals, it is nearly impossible to become a professional artist. Hobbyists don’t need to sell, but if it’s a livelihood, a creator must promote his or her ‘product’. But beware! The sleazy hard-sell doesn’t work very well anywhere nowadays, but it’s even less effective in the art world. People hate to feel they are being pushed into something. The more advantages and benefits you can highlight, the better.

2, The meek don’t inherit

Another situation that can lead to problems in the initial creation of an artist statement is a lack of bravado. There are many shy individuals in the creative world, but this must be suppressed in the discussion of an artist’s work. If you don’t seem confident in your work, it will be much harder for a potential buyer to get excited about it.

3, You do NEED an artist statement

A third type of artist simply doesn’t see the need for the statement; they feel that their work speaks for itself. This can only be the case if you are solely a decorative creator, without a vision or cohesion to these pieces. Otherwise, it always helps to better inform your viewer of your intent. More engagement can only lead to a personal connection, which always produces better sales (and more esteem).

4, Answer questions

When you see others interacting with your work, they have a significant advantage, as you are there to answer questions in a free environment. But most of the time, viewers do not get this opportunity. The artist statement serves as a de facto answer to common questions about your body of work, as a whole or in a series, and it allows for more in depth conversation about your concepts. It can be useful to brainstorm the types of questions you might be asked about your work as a way to start writing your statement.

5, Don’t baffle your audience with jargon

A common misconception about the artist statement is that it must be written in International Art English, that jumbled mess of lofty jargon used in press releases and criticism books (I have written more about thishere). This is not the case, and an overly ostentatious statement can lead the viewer to be more confused at your work than before. Leave that language to critics, bloggers, and academics. You don’t want to limit your audience.

6, Don’t bore your audience with drawn out copy

An artist statement doesn’t need to be very long. If you lose the reader’s concentration, the writing is of little use. Optimally, the piece should be no more than 20 total sentences, broken up into 3 or four paragraphs. The first paragraph can be about why you make your art, and then delve into why you create in the medium. Once again, be clear and concise. This is an essential introduction to your work.

7, Be yourself

Be sure to write from your point of view. There is a reason it is called an artist statement. It is from you to new viewers. There’s no need to give them your whole life story; think of this as a movie trailer to your entire body of work. Draw viewers in.

8, Consider getting help

If you aren’t the most confident writer, don’t worry. You can hone this over time, or if you wish to outsource, there are many resources online (Like Elance) in order to reach out to hungry art writers. Art writers are out there, always looking for this type of work. They should be able to handle your project with ease, in a timely manner. This could save an uninitiated writer some time and worry, and could also serve as a foundation for a future statement. As your goals and concepts develop, simply adjust those aspects of the piece.

9, Don’t show off

It is also best to avoid using any self-congratulatory language in your piece. This is like a movie trailer, not a movie poster. If Roger Ebert gave you two thumbs up, it is of no importance. You are laying the groundwork for interest, and testimonials can turn viewers off. Also, artists want their work to speak for itself, so why would you want to give up your space so someone else can talk about your art?

10, Join the dots and tailor-make your statement

The most important aspect in describing your work is to show the connection between the concept (what you’re saying) to the physical structure. In the textile world, as with many others, this can be the most difficult aspect of the statement. Try to pick out a few examples to engage the viewer. If the fabric or weave evokes certain cultural topics, state them. Even for the most experienced viewer, these nuances can easily be lost without explanation. It isn’t a fault of the artist; those details are what created your individuality. To lose those is to lose it all.
Galleries may ask for specifically tailored statements to engage for their shows. Depending on the show, especially in group shows, this may be written by the gallery itself. Their job is to show correlation between all of the involved artists, and might focus on only one aspect of your work.
If you are asked to craft and artist statement yourself for a solo show, you need to show the relation between your works to each other, the show, and the space itself. Describe how these pieces fit together, with no more than one sentence relating to work outside the show. Optimally, only the work in the show should be referenced; write about outside work only if it differs from that in the show significantly.
The title of the show is so essential, yet rarely truly accurate. Critics and viewers respond to a title, so if you can relate your works to the show in an understandable way, the show will be heads above others. In that vein, it helps to expound a bit on the reason you chose that space for your show. Viewers can decipher if you simply picked the gallery because they had space, so make sure they know it was a merger that made sense for both parties.

A well-written artist statement can help cultivate an informed audience and one that is intrigued by your work. It’s a good idea to constantly revisit yours to ensure it appropriately represents you as you now!

Friday, 14 March 2014

‘STORIES FROM THE SOIL’ - Solo Exhibition by Faizal Suhif

Faizal Suhif, born 1984 graduated from UiTM with his Master degree in Fine Art last year is having a solo exhibition entitled Stories From The Soil at the G13 Gallery from 1st March to 22nd March 2014. Exhibiting 25 pieces of new works including oil paintings and transfer printings, the artist will also complete the exhibition by installing nature elements to enhance the visual communication.

Spending plenty of time while making art and has developed from the conventional printmaking, Faizal invented his very own printmaking skills to create artworks. “I like to wander around my living area with my tool kit, whenever I see interesting texture, the ground the cement, I will start doing the transfer print", said Faizal during an interview. To him the time consumed is not merely a process of art making but also a conversation with the nature and meditation to the artist himself.

Growing up from a farming family, Faizal's concern is about Mother Nature and he believes in the effort of seeding. "Seeds can grow into trees, they are the food and oxygen supplier, but people don't normally appreciate seeds", Faizal finds people often running after velocity and achievements but neglected the basic elements that breed us, he hopes his artworks can ease the pace and calm the soul, at the same moment convey his theory to the audiences.

‘STORIES FROM THE SOIL’ - Solo Exhibition by Faizal Suhif
Opening Reception                : 8pm, Saturday , 1st March 2014

To be officiated by 
        :  Mr.Juhari Said

Exhibition period                         : 1st March – 22nd March 2014
Gallery opening  hour                  : Monday - Sunday, 11am – 5pm (Closed on Public Holiday)
Venue                                         : G13 Gallery, GL13,Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, 
     Jalan SS7/26, 47301 Kelana Jaya, Selangor. (behind Paradigm Mall)

Email                                          : info@g13gallery.comFacebook                                    :

To view the latest updates of the artworks availability, log to: http://g13faizalsuhif2014.blogspot.comTo view more about the exhibition, log on to :

For all inquiries please contact :
G13 Gallery
Tel: 03-7880 0991 / 012-211 4697 (Kenny Teng)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Painting & Printingmaking Exhibition in Bali

Foreign/er - Painting and Printmaker Exhibition

Artists   :   AmmarinKuntawong (Arm) and Christopher Stern
Opening Ceremony : January, 18, 2014
Duration                : January, 18 until January 31. 2014
Venue                   :  Paros Gallery , Jalan Pantai Purnama Banjar Palak Sukawati Gianyar Bali
P.   0361-298120. 


What does it mean to be a foreigner? Who determines what is foreign, and how different is the foreign from the local? This exhibition features works by two foreigners – one, a Westerner, fluent in Indonesian, and knowledgeable about many aspects both Balinese arts and culture, and the other, an Asian, but with no experience of Indonesia aside from the friendship of two Balinese artists. Each artist works in a completely different style to the other, and utilizes different media and techniques. But whose work will appear more ‘foreign’, or rather, foreign-er, to Indonesians?

AmmarinKuntawong (Arm) is a printmaker and professionally trained artist. While Arm is expert in many different styles of printmaking, his technique of choice is hard ground etching. He produces dreamlike landscapes, entirely devoid of figures, yet somehow extremely alive. His work evokes feelings of the ancient Lanna kingdom, today the northwest region of Thailand, from which he comes.

Christopher Stern has no formal arts education, but has enjoyed sketching and designing for most of his life. With a background in Industrial Design, Chris came to Bali in 1998. In 1999 he opened galeri sembilan in Lodtunduh, Ubud, and through this experience became familiar with the work of a great many Balinese artists. He began painting full-time one year ago. Although still exploring style and subject matter, most of the work for this show consists of solitary figures of unusual attitude and demeanor.

Perhaps the only thread that ties the work of these two artists together, aside from their ‘foreign’-ness, is a degree of introspection and an uncanny access to unconscious thoughts and feelings. Both artists, Arm, through landscape, and Chris, through figures, present interior worlds which it is hoped will resonate at some deep level with the public. 

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Spot Art 2013 - Chua Shu Ruei

In the recently concluded Singapore Biennale 2013, there was a parallel event called Spot Art 2013.

SPOT ART is a high quality, juried art festival for art students and artists under 30 in Asia that aims to strengthen relationships between artists, art institutions and arts professionals in Southeast Asia. Our event will take root as a dynamic and meaningful event for the art world, as well as for the general public, where young artists can mingle with an international audience of art professionals, art collectors, peers and tourists. SPOT ART is an opportunity not only for artists to be seen and heard, but also for the audience to reflect on their creativity as a sign of our times. It is a time to look and listen to what they are saying, reach out to them as they do to us and offer our support and encouragement as they work tirelessly to enrich and advance our cultural heritage. SPOT ART is a new and innovative addition to the burgeoning art infrastructure in Singapore. 

Congrats to Chua Shu Ruei from ASWARA,  the only Malaysian entry selected under a rigourous process by a 7-person selection committee.

Two of her 'Manusia' series artworks were selected for the exhibition : Orang Boxes 2 and Orang Boxes 3

Orang Boxes 2
Orang Boxes 3
They are print installations that combine extended and alternative printmaking with light boxes. She uses digital print and ready made/industrial prints.

Look familiar? Aren't those orange boxes we see so much during Chinese New Year? Just how does Shu Ruei conceptualise her work?

She credits it mainly to her Fine Art training at ASWARA where they were encouraged to incorporate local traditional heritage culture into contemporary art. "This is as a way to preserve and evolve the significance of traditional culture so that it can continue to be relevant within a contemporary context", Shu Ruei explains.

The Manusia series is her Diploma graduation project at ASWARA. In her final semester, she majored in Printmaking and minored in Sculpture.

We first met Shu Ruei when she accompanied ACG members and Art Malaysia's Editor-in-Chief, Liew Kean Yap on a short visit to her lecturer, Juhari Said's Akal Di-Ulu (studio / home / farm).

She is a soft-spoken and a dedicated artist. Imagine, in her research of our Malaysian Chinese Lion Dance, she followed a local lion dance company (Wan Seng Hang Dragon and Lion Arts) for over 2 and a half years. She frequently visited their workshop to observe their materials and techniques. She also followed and documented them during performances and practice sessions.

And then incorporated this research into the Manusia series which deals with the issues of dehumanisation, identity and self-categorisation. 

Flashback: POCHOIR - stenciling technique

Speaking of Haute Couture (high fashion), in the 1950s, top fashion houses like Balenciaga & Dior would print magazines for their clients showing their latest designs in full colour and with fabric swatches.

To ensure these colour are as close to the original, they used a stencilling method called Pochoir.

"....Pochoir, which means stencil in French, had its heyday in the 1910s and 1920s when it was widely adopted by the era’s cutting edge illustrators such as Paul Iribe, Georges Lepape, George Barbier and André Édouard Marty for their illustrations that appeared in ultra-exclusive fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Gazette du Bon Ton, Journal des Dames et des Modes andModes et Manières d’Aujourd’hui. The works that appear in these pages are among the supreme expressions of the pochoir technique, requiring up to 100 separate stencils, in perfect registration with each other, for the colouriste to execute the illustrators’ elaborate compositions.  Because of the cost associated with production, the use of pochoirlargely died out in the economic downturn of the early 1930s.

L’Officiel de la Couleur and Cahiers Bleu are two of the few fashion publications that continued to use the technique regardless of expense.  Perhaps this is because of the extraordinary range of colors and levels of transparency available with the use of impaste or chemical color mediums; “Impastes were thicker and more solid and number about fifty colors. ‘Chemicals’ were preferred because of their transparency and extraordinary range.  More than 1,400 were available.”  Compared to the limited-edition fashion publications and artist books of the Teens and Twenties, the use of pochoir in L’Officiel de la Couleur and Cahiers Bleuis relatively simple.  Each color appearing on the page indicates the use of a different stencil which was laid upon the page, which had been previously printed with the black lines of the illustration.  Brushes, gudgeons or pompons were used to apply the colors, one at a time, to the page.  Rarely are do more than three to five colors appear per page, translating to an equal number of stencils, or patrons, required.
The customer-base for this publication was clearly international as it was concurrently published in French, English, Spanish, and Portugese with the promise that readers would be advised “each quarter…on the colors which are to be in vogue in the upcoming season, via this “veritable work of art,” which was “highly sought after by book collectors.”

Friday, 6 December 2013

The Flyway Print Exchange - an update

In June 2013, we received an invitation (call for entries) to join a printmaking exchange initiative related to shorebirds conservation.

Here's a Facebook page for those interested to follow development of this event..

The Flyway Print Exchange is an art project that links 20 artists from 9 different countries along the East-Asian Australasian Flyway.
The Flyway Print Exchange is an exchange between artists living in different countries along the East-Asian Australasian Flyway, the flight path travelled by Australia’s migratory shorebirds twice annually between their breeding and non-breeding grounds.

Twenty artists, from nine of the twenty-two Flyway countries, will create prints inspired by the idea of the Flyway. One print from each edition will then be posted, unprotected, along the Flyway and back, echoing the birds’ journey, adding the impression of migration and distance to the works and referencing the weathering of the migrating birds’ plumage. The prints, weathered and pristine, will be exhibited together in Melbourne in 2014.
....The Artists
The twenty artists who are participating in the Flyway Print Exchange range from recent graduates and emerging artists, to academics and established artists of long standing. The artists and the countries they represent are:
Australia: Alexis Beckett; Kate Gorringe-Smith; Helen Kocis Edwards; Amanda O’Sullivan; Vida Pearson;
three indigenous artists (to be confirmed) from Waralungku Arts
New Zealand: Celia Walker
Indonesia: Syahrizal Pahlevi
Singapore: Tham Pui San
India: Radhika Gupta; Kavita Shah
South Korea: Hyun Tae Lee
Japan: Kyoko Imazu
China: Cui Xiao Hua; Ni Jianming; Feng Jiaming
USA (Alaska): Garry Kaulitz; Edwin Mighell

View websites of the event and some of the artists, to view their works ..

Friday, 30 August 2013

Calling all Malaysian Print Artists

Calling all print artists .... 
come join 1001 Malaysian Artists & Sculptors exhibition 
25 Sept - 29 Sept 2013 @Viva Homes - Exhibition Hall, Kuala Lumpur.

and also be on the E-DIRECTORY
The nation's largest artists' convergence, all-in-one massive online e-Directory. 
to see a preview of the e-directory

All Malaysian artists and sculptors are encourage to send in your info to : 
or call Art malaysia office 03-9281 6868 (office hours)

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