YOUNG BLOOD

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Con­ver­sa­tions with the up-and-com­ing hon­ing their craft in a brave new world. NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Sharmila Ra­jah con­verses with Malaysian con­tem­po­rary artist Sean Lean on his first solo ex­hi­bi­tion ‘Flesh: Black & Whites’. Let’s talk about sub­jec­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion. When I paint I have con­trol, be­yond that I re­ally am not too con­cerned about how my works are in­ter­preted. It’ll be great if they were. What my works say to me is just as valid. How does ‘in­ten­tion’ play a role in your art? There are dif­fer­ent types of artists and there are those who want to com­mu­ni­cate ideas. I’m not cer­tain if I fall into this cat­e­gory. ‘Flesh’ was so per­sonal. I started to paint, and then saw what was tak­ing shape. ‘Flesh’ res­onates with me – this is a col­lec­tion of self-por­traits sym­bolic to who I am; each rep­re­sents a par­tic­u­lar facet. Do you think art’s pur­pose is solely for ex­pres­sion? Dif­fer­ent types of art serve dif­fer­ent pur­poses. For me it’s a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­plo­ration. What drives your cre­ativ­ity? It’s the ac­tual process of paint­ing that truly mo­ti­vates me; be­ing in the stu­dio drives me. Dis­ci­pline and con­sis­tency is cru­cial. The freedom to work on com­pul­sion is very lib­er­at­ing.

Sean Lean

Black Fight­ing Cock : Crown­less, Queen­less, oil on can­vas, 196cm x 244cm, 2013, Sean Lean

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