(b. 1934, Ipoh, Malaysia)
Dr. Choong Kam Kow is an internationally acclaimed and pioneering contemporary Malaysian artist, as well as a prominent academician in the field of art and design education. Since the 1950’s he has developed a distinct artistic style through the fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics. A master of colour, his works portray a diversity of shapes, sizes and colour arrangements – each conjuring vibrant and rhythmic visual effects.
Choong as an artist has been exposed to, and influenced by, the Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Hardedge, Conceptualism and international art movements during his stay in New York in the 1960s and early 80’s. He has gone through the aesthetic assimilation and preservation process during his artistic journey and at the same time engaged himself in significant exploration and integration of these experiences into his own art.
His art reflects his ceaseless probes into culture and history, theory and practice, humanity and matters, techniques and media. He possessed the intellectual spirit of the present era and beyond and used it to probe into his cultural surroundings, integrated and synthesized, to define new meanings and values in his creative endeavour.