Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Artist Interview - Ching Teoh

When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?

I always like to paint and draw ... but only decided to be an artist about 4 years ago, when I started to help my husband in managing his frame shop. I get to know more art lovers and some interior designers in our shop .. and that had given me a great push.

What are your favorite materials to work with?
once I was in love with watercolor but now acrylic on canvas or board

Describe a bit of your process...is everything planned or sketched out before hand? Do you work on impulse?

i start a piece with planned texture/pattern then work on impulse painting for my recent series of textured painting. I first sculpted the canvas with the textured pattern using acrylic texture medium, then let it dry completely before I start painting. During the painting process, it is impulse with the color selection. I use brushes, fingers, rag and stencils.

Where is your favorite place to work?

In my studio. some photo of my studio and gallery in my Flickr set:http://www.flickr.com.../

What inspires you?
oh there are many ... haha ... for example, as I walk in the neighborhood, seeing patterns on heritage building or temples or mosque I would want to put that down in my paintings. Or any old wall with peel paint .. old rusty railing ... mostly are those patterns or texture I caught with my eyes :)

What artist, past or present, has inspired your work?
there are many, but the most I like the colors and textures in Klimt's painting ... the gold and intricate details.

Where do you see your work going in the next 10 years?

anywhere she could possible go, i would try my best to make it happen.
How are you taking your work/techniques to the next level?

I'm always "experimenting" with different techniques, exploring different styles. Sometimes, reading books published by other artists, and having meet-up and discussions with other artist locally and exchange of ideas.

Have you ever taught any art classes?

hah.. so far, I did guide some children in coloring session.
What is the role of the Artist in our society?
to encourage the community to value and perceive importance of arts and cultures for a community.

Has selling art on-line been a success for you? Why?

I had just started this year in March .. it is not yet a success for me ... but I do enjoy the online presense, since then I have had contacts worldwide. I know success is possible soon in near future.

How do you encourage people (or why would you encourage people) to buy Original Fine Art?
why would I encourage people to buy original... I truely agree with you Krystina, that originals are warmer! As, it carries the original strokes by the artist and all the time spent by the artist sketching, painting, and making the piece uniquely beautiful. It is not machine made.

Your biggest sale or commission was...My biggest sale was, a commission for hotel rooms.

Where do you sell your work?
Currently, via my gallery here in Penang. And online:


Johnnie said...

Love the texture and movement in your work