Artist Donates Work to Charity
Source:the Star Online Author:Jade Chan Date: 2007-12-20 Size:
WELL-ESTABLISHED artist Lee Kian Seng showed off his generous and caring side when he donated six sets of his 1988 Lotus prints to the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory (SCASFT). Each set from the Lotus series, which were created using mixed media with partial b

WELL-ESTABLISHED artist Lee Kian Seng showed off his generous and caring side when he donated six sets of his 1988 Lotus prints to the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory (SCASFT).

Each set from the Lotus series, which were created using mixed media with partial batik technique, features six designs (making them a total of 36 prints) and costs RM6,000 per set.

Background information: Datuk Dr Lam Peng Chong looking at artist Lee Kian Seng's artworks and biodata as printed in the First International Art Expo Malaysia 2007 catalogue.

Lee, a 60-year-old painter, printmaker and sculptor, has won numerous national and international awards for his artworks.

The 36 prints were presented by representatives from Art Expo Malaysia Sdn Bhd on behalf of Lee to SCASFT president and fundraising chairman Datuk Dr Lam Peng Chong.

Art Expo Malaysia had organised the recent First International Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) 2007 in November, where Lee had a charity booth to display his groundbreaking artworks.

AEM 2007 was the largest art expo in Malaysia that featured 1,500 verified paintings on display, special tribute pavilions for international grandmaster artists, charity booths and demonstrations.

"Lee’s Lotus prints were displayed alongside his other works at his booth, and he gave us the freedom to decide which association to donate his work to,” said AEM Sdn Bhd deputy chairman Ooi Kok Chuen.

"Besides the art expo, we also wanted to do our bit for charity. We had a Heart Club booth for special children and disabled artists to display and sell their artworks. It was very successful and generated a lot of sales.”

 A play with colour: This collection is of limited edition.

He described Lee’s Lotus prints as a symbol of peace and harmony.

"He plays with symmetry, colour combination and pattern, using the lotus flower to create clamshell patterns. These are limited edition prints and aren’t available in the market anymore,” said Ooi.

Lam said the 36 prints would most likely be auctioned off with proceeds going towards SCASFT’s programmes to raise funds and redevelop its centre in Petaling Jaya.

“Our plans include building a multi-storey car park, building a covered walkway to link the walkway to our centre and nearby Crystal Crown Hotel, upgrading our activities, and extending the wings of our centre.

“We want to buy more equipment for our sports gym, build more classrooms for our students, and have boys’ and girls’ dormitories for respite care – a temporary care centre for us to help look after the children when their parents have to attend functions.

“Most importantly, we want to continue the survival of this centre and continue providing our services, which includes training and transportation, for free for the students.”

Unique: One of the prints from artist Lee Kian Seng's 1988 Lotus prints series. There are six prints featured in each of the set presented to the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory.

SCASFT started 40 years ago with five children; it now caters to 300 students. The centre provides education, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and sports therapy for them.

“Spastic (cerebral palsy) individuals need continuous training, so we provide that for our students and jobs for them at our vocational workshop,” said Lam.

“They make stationery and handicrafts like envelopes, bags, fruit wrappers and paper flowers, which are sold at various bazaars and our workshop.”

Lam said they spend about RM1.5mil (going up to RM2mil) to run SCASFT per year, and rely on the government and public’s generous support for funds.

The centre’s ongoing fundraising activities include volunteers selling souvenirs, book sales, charity dinners, coin collections and jogathon collections.

On his passion for SCASFT, Lam said, “I like to look after people and it’s very satisfying to see progress and improvement of the spastic children.”

The businessman and farming enthusiast is an advocate of volunteerism, as he believes that it gives a person inspiration in terms of going on with one’s daily life .

[Editor] Zhang Shuo

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