Barbara McKay

A Lyrical Abstract Painter's Blog

“City Lights” and “Lights On”

City Lights

Lights On

When the lights go in K.L. the magic of night casts a colourful spell over the city. Street lights dance and twinkle, even puddles left by the afternoon storms reflect distorted images in their surfaces. At the opening of my exhibition at The Annexe Gallery, a young man sat in front of “City Lights” for so long Pang asked me if I thought he was all right! This young man, Apit, told me he was completely drawn into the painting, seeing a whole world in the images of night, mysterious and challenging.

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December 23, 2009 Posted by | Kuala Lumpur, Painting, Solo Show | Leave a comment

“Concrete”

Concrete, the building material dominating so much of the K.L. skyline, gave me inspiration for “building” my own condominiums, office towers and freeway structures. I cut paper shapes and rendered the surfaces with paint and thick gel paste then reassembled them to rise out of the ground and reach for sky.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Kuala Lumpur, Painting, Solo Show | Leave a comment

“Morning Sounds”

Every morning in K.L. I woke just before the Call to Prayer. As the first soft light revealed outlines of buildings and before the morning rush of traffic started, the clarity of voice touched my own sense of spirituality.To quote the poet A.Samad Said, “Adhan most sacred of sounds Clear echoes of sweetness abound”.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Kuala Lumpur, Painting, Solo Show | Leave a comment

“Kampung”

Nestling amongst the forever changing cityscape of new high rise buildings, I would often find myself in a small kampung. Hawker stalls where people chatted and gossiped, children coming home from school and on one occasion I met a woman sitting at her sewing machine in front of her dress-making shop front. A reminder for me of the contrasts which exist within this great city.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Kuala Lumpur, Painting, Solo Show | Leave a comment

“K.L. Night Song”

In this large canvas I have reassembled the buildings around Merdeka Square, placing them in a warm mauve K.L. night. The twinkling coloured lights which frame the architectual shapes, allowed me to play a magical game with the beauty of this central place of K.L. and Malaysia. Maybe a visual song tribute to K.L.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Kuala Lumpur, Painting, Solo Show | Leave a comment

“Mid Valley Afternoon”

The painting “Mid Valley Afternoon” shows the bright sunlight after the inevitable thunder storm has moved across the valley. During many of those stormy afternoons, I found myself doing what others in this city do, becoming completely absorbed in the seductive charms of the Mega Mall. Fulfilled from a laksa and as much shopping as my budget would allow, I would stroll out and feast my eyes on the brilliant colours and dazzle of the rain-washed buildings.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Kuala Lumpur, Painting, Solo Show | Leave a comment

“Speedy Journey”

I like riding the Monorail in K.L. Looking ahead at the approaching buildings high above the street, then swerving around and through the spaces of more buildings as I firmly clutch the strap. I catch a glimpse of a shining Mosque dome, myriads of modern office block windows, then as I approach Bukit Bintang my mind turns to food, maybe a nasi lemak and iced lime juice!

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Kuala Lumpur, Painting, Solo Show | Leave a comment

“Over The Top”

On a clear morning the tops of buildings made interesting shapes for my eye to catch onto, some of the colours sharp and clear, others muted. I imagined myself to be an exotic bird flying over the crowded city streets, which wind their way through these buildings. On and on to the mountains and jungles beyond!

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Kuala Lumpur, Painting, Solo Show | Leave a comment