“Over the past seven years of expensive travels in the pursuit of my art career, I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to be greeted by curious questions by my foreign encounters on Brunei Darussalam,” said Huifong Ng in her welcoming address at the launch of her first solo art exhibition in the country.
In Raja Julangan Kasih Rakyat, Huifong Ng wishes to illustrate more than the visuals of the touristic wonders that Brunei has to offer. “I feel that it is also very important to share with them that we, the people of Brunei Darussalam, have also had the privilege to enjoy a beautiful and symbiotic relation with our caring monarch over the past decades.”
Huifong Ng is an internationally renowned portrait artist, who has managed to make Brunei proud by representing the country in various art exhibitions abroad. Among her creations are portraits of founding father of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew; Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong; Former President of Singapore, Mr Tony Tan and spouse; President of Singapore Madam Halimah Yacob and spouse; and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad and spouse.
Her first solo art exhibition was held in Singapore in 2014, and since then has managed to participate in international art exhibitions in Italy, China and the UAE. She has also received a special award from Biennale of Umbria and an International Colosseo Prize from Italy.
The Raja Julangan Kasih Rakyat exhibition features 11 paintings that is dedicated to showcase the historical and heartwarming moments that portray the love and close bonding between His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and his people.
“This exhibition is also devoted to providing a deep appreciation and great understanding to the Bruneian people and tourist visiting the country, the unique concept of Melayu Islam Beraja or Malay Islamic Monarchy, practiced by the people of Brunei Darussalam,” she added.
Huifong explained that she had used different techniques in creating her artwork – seven of which were painted on canvas, while four were painted on rice paper using traditional chinese ink. She started earlier in the year and it had taken around seven to eight months to complete the collection of pictures.
The main piece is a six foot painting of a sermon delivered to the people after the Hari Raya congregational prayers in Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque to mark the end if the fasting month of Ramadan in 1992, which took about two to three months to complete.
The art exhibition is held at Galeri Seni, Dermaga Diraja in the capital and will run until 3rd January 2019. The opening hours are between 9am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday. However, the gallery will be closed from 12pm to 2pm to honour the Friday prayers. For those interested in purchasing a painting, they can do so at the venue. Half of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to a charity that focuses on education and special needs children.