Current Exhibition > TRANSFORMAT108N -
Ripples 2.0: Yap Hong Ngee Solo Exhibition &
The 18th Our World Exhibition
Physical Exhibition: 18 May 2024 - 7 July 2024

TRANSFORMAT108N -
Ripples 2.0: Yap Hong Ngee Solo Exhibition &
The 18th Our World Exhibition

The exhibition revolves around the core concept of “like a stone thrown into water, stirring ripples”. At the age of over eighty, Yap Hong Ngee presents his profound insights on life and breakthroughs in artistic creation, with a rejuvenated spirit. Simultaneously collaborating with 108 artists, the exhibition unveils boundless creativity and artistic charm, while also reflecting the collaborative exchange between teacher and students.

 

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FEATURED ARTWORKS

Stay true to your original aspiration and look forward, be strong like a rock

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Yap Hong Ngee

Acrylic on canvas

183 x 147 cm x 3

2024

Over and over

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Yap Hong Ngee

Acrylic on canvas

87 x 48.5 cm

2024

Million year later

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Yap Hong Ngee

Ink on rice paper

74 x 35.5 cm

2024

Grace

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Yap Hong Ngee

Ink and colour on rice paper

69 x 68.5 cm

2023

12 months

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Yap Hong Ngee

Ink and colour on rice paper

70 x 72 cm

2023

Because of love

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Yap Hong Ngee

Ink and colour on rice paper

120 x 70 cm

2023

Dawn

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Yap Hong Ngee

Ink and colour on rice paper

138.5 x 69 cm

2023

Tik tok

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Yap Hong Ngee

Ink and colour on rice paper

70 x 70 cm

2023

My space

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Yap Hong Ngee

Ink and colour on rice paper

138 x 68.5 cm

2023

Don’t even think

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Yap Hong Ngee

Ink and colour on rice paper

59 x 59 cm

2022

Modern time

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Yap Hong Ngee

Acrylic on canvas

145 x 91 cm

2023

Blessing from above

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Yap Hong Ngee

Acrylic on canvas

145 x 91 cm

2023

Party

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Aliya Wong Zhuo Lin (8 years old)

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

Japanese Hero “SUPER MARIO”

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Tsumugi Shimoda (11 years old)

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

The Finishing Touch

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Reese Lee Rui Xin (13 years old)

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

Stillness

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Soo Pei Yu (18 years old)

Acrylic on canvas

51 x 41cm

2024

Meow

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Siow Sze Ern (Former Student of JYA)

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

Contradiction

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Lin Su Yee (Former Student of JYA)

Acrylic on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

Choices

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Jasmine Cheong (Former Student of JYA)

Acrylic on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

Space

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Jane Yap Jian Yi (Artist & Founder of JYA)

Mixed media on canvas

2024

Serene

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Chew Paul Wah (Former Student of JYA)

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

Be with you always

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Sharon Wong (Former Student of JYA)

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

Maternal love

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An An (65 years old)

Acrylic on canvas

38 x 38 cm

2024

Exhibition Introduction

Jane Yap Jian Yi & Vicky Ho Pei Ying (Co-curators)

 

Twenty years ago, Soka Gakkai Malaysia held the first Yap Hong Ngee exhibition, “Yap Hong Ngee, Jane Yap — Father and Daughter Art Exhibition,” at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM. Teacher Yap Hong Ngee was 60 years old at that time.

On May 18, 2013, we organised the “Dots•Lines•Circles — Art Dialogue between Yap Hong Ngee & Jane Yap Jian Yi” exhibition at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, celebrating the 70th birthday of Teacher Yap.

After 11 years, on May 18, 2024, we are once again collaborating  to present “TRANSFORMAT108N — Ripples 2.0: Yap Hong Ngee Solo Exhibition & The 18th Our World Exhibition”. This exhibition aims to showcase Teacher Yap Hong Ngee’s aspirations and breakthroughs in creativity, marking a new chapter as he enters his 80s. 

This exhibition showcases Teacher Yap Hong Ngee’s reflections and realisations on life and humanity during the COVID-19 pandemic. He transforms these insights into creative inspirations, integrating them into his artworks one after another.

“Like a stone thrown into water, stirring ripples” – this is the core concept of this exhibition.

A small stone may seem insignificant to some, but  when it is gently thrown into the water, it releases incredible energy, creating layers of ripples that expand with a gentle breeze. Similarly, each of us is like a stone, seemingly small, yet our every action holds infinite power, capable of creating waves of kindness that can influence everyone around us.

With this in mind, Teacher Yap Hong Ngee initiated a creative project titled “Stones”, inviting 108 students of various ages from Jane Yap Atelier to participate in its creation. This project aimed to spark artistic practice by encouraging the participants to contribute their own ideas and efforts. He prepared over a hundred canvases (15×15 cm) with small stones drawn on them for the young artists, and then “tossing” them to the young artists for further creation. As a result, the 108 artists demonstrated their rich imagination and creativity, turning simple stones into countless imaginative scenes and new media artworks. This exchange and collaboration among artists of different generations showcase  diverse results in artistic thinking, achieving the effect of “one stone, endless possibilities”!

As Teacher Yap Hong Ngee tosses a small stone into the pond, each artist’s artwork resembles layers of ripples on the water’s surface. This mutual inspiration, collaboration and exchange not only ignite sparks of creativity between teacher and students, but also continually push them to surpass themselves in the process of collective exploration, becoming sources of mutual growth. This is also the original intention behind Jane Yap Atelier’s consistent hosting of  the “Our World Exhibition” since 1998.

Finally, echoing Teacher Yap Hong Ngee’s expectations for this exhibition, we aim to offer an exhibition that reflects creative richness , innovative breakthroughs, and profound significance.

“I hope this collaboration and art exhibition can foster more artistic exchanges, collisions of ideas, and collaborations, gradually allowing people to share the infinite joy brought by art. May our love for humanity unite into ripple-like force , silently moving hearts and manifesting the artists’ prayers for world peace.” —Yap Hong Ngee

 

Exhibition opening hours: 11 am – 5 pm (Closed on Mondays)
Prior appointment is required for groups of more than 20 people, Please get in touch with us at https://b.link/WhatsApp_SokaPCE

Artist-Yap Hong Ngee

Artist-Yap Hong Ngee

Yap Hong Ngee (1943-) was born in Mentakab, Pahang. He journeyed to Tokyo, Japan in 1966, dedicating eight years to his studies. He began his academic journey at the Tokyo University of the Arts, focusing on Japanese painting. Later, he pursued his passion for Japanese Arts at Waseda University while minoring in Architectural Design. After returning to Malaysia in 1974, Yap channelled his energies into art education and became an ambassador for the Japanese art of flower arrangement, ikebana. For a span of three years, he graced Channel 5 of Radio Television Malaysia, sharing insights into flower arrangement and imparting lessons on life’s wisdom.

Yap Hong Ngee gained early renown for his ink wash paintings of sparrows and oil paintings of roses. With succinct brushstrokes, he infused sparrows with lively vitality, imbuing simplicity with profound Zen essence. His depiction of roses resembled an ode to love, with gorgeous colours exuding the eternal fragrance of love. During the 2019 pandemic, Yap Hong Ngee ventured into using stones as a new artistic medium, demonstrating his appreciation for and fascination with ordinary objects, thereby revealing his profound love for and insights into life.

Yap Hong Ngee’s creative themes and inspirations stem from the minutiae of daily life. He imbues everyday objects with new meanings, stirring hearts and leading people to reflect on the essence and beauty of life.

Jane Yap Atelier

Jane Yap Atelier

Jane Yap Atelier was founded by Jane Yap Jian Yi in 1997. Rather than adhering strictly to traditional curriculum, children are encouraged to use paintbrushes and pencils to outline the dreams in their hearts and create their own masterpieces.To date,  Jane Yap Atelier has established three branches in Citta Mall, Gamuda Walk, and Jade Hills, Kajang. 

In addition to the curriculum offered, they actively collaborate with institutions from various countries to organise exhibitions and art events. In 1998, Jane Yap organised the first student exhibition, “Our World”, simply for “fun”. Subsequently, it was held every two years. Since 2008, Jane Yap has been collaborating with artists and institutions domestically and internationally, aiming to provide students with broader perspectives and opportunities for diverse collaborations. These exhibitions serve not only as stages for artistic creations but also as platforms for children to showcase their talents and exchange learning achievements.