Year of the Rooster 2017

Growing up in rural Malaysia throughout the 60s and 70s, our family house was surrounded by a huge land suitable for poultry farming. Back then, we raised our own chickens and ducks for meat as well as for their eggs. It was during this time that my passion for brush painting started and chicken became my favorite practice subject. Over time and as I develop my craft in brush painting, the Rooster and chicken have a special place in my portfolio even until today.

There has been many definitions as to what the Rooster symbolizes especially in the context of the 12 Chinese zodiacs.

It was stated in some writings that the Rooster symbolizes five (5) virtues or values we humans should emulate and cultivate.

Firstly, a rooster’s comb is said to be a symbol of gentleness.

Secondly, its spurs represent courage as they are used for self defense whenever hostile situations arise.

Be it an eagle or any other predators, a Rooster in its attempt to protect its flock will always be ready to confront its enemies. Thus, the third virtue associated with the Rooster is bravery.

Whenever he finds food, a Rooster will make a certain coo that attracts the hens. This action clearly shows how a Rooster can be altruistic in its behavior and thus, selflessness is the fourth virtue of a Rooster.

Last but not least, we all know that the Rooster is well known for its crowing. The timely crowing represents reliability or trustworthiness of the Rooster – always ensuring that the dawn of a new day is announced in style.

Chinese New Year 2017 is the year of the Rooster, my favorite and forte.

Below are some of my artworks to usher in the lunar new year:


New Look

Do you like my weblog’s new look?

I am very glad and excited to have spent some time the past 2 days selecting a new theme and did a little “spring cleaning” around here.

I have added the “In The Press” page which I am extremely excited about. This page consists of a collection of all the newspaper cuttings featuring my artworks throughout the years. As my son and I went through the huge number of articles, it did not occur to me that there has been so many write-ups on my artwork.

I am glad to share all these write-ups with you and hope you enjoy them.

Please click “In The Press” on the left or here to visit.


2014 Year of the Horse Collection

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H024 Leaping Forwards

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H025 Dynamic Force

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H026 Striving Ahead

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100 Birds Work In Progress

This post shows the effort in creating one of my favorite composition – The 100 Birds Paying Homage To The Pheonix. Each bird is hand painted and carefully placed in their respective position in order to create a magnificent piece of art. It takes a lot of counting in order to ensure there is exactly 100 birds in the painting.

A pair of storks.

Adding a pair of storks in the painting.

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Work In Progress. Taking a break in between painting to snap a photo. This painting is heading to one of my clients in Singapore.

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The feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction of completing this masterpiece is indescribable.