Art Talk


Getting to Barbara Moore’s gallery is in itself an adventure paved with rows of pre-war shophouses, evoking nostalgia but updated with street art that can be found at unexpected corners and walls along roads leading to a narrow street called Lorong Toh Aka.

My own adventure started with a walk down Beach Street.  If I had continued, I would have reached the turning to Lorong Toh Aka, but the ‘GPS’ in me decided to turn off to Lebuh Acheh and I was literally lost.  After various enquiries with the locals, I finally got my bearings when I saw this ‘landmark’, B Street Hotel. Lorong Toh Aka is the lane opposite it.  

Then I noticed, at every turn there is street art to be seen. 

Alas, I found Barbara’s gallery and studio. I was surprised just how narrow this lane is.

Barbara’s gallery is a perfect space for contemplation and invoking creative emotions. 

When I arrived, albeit late, the gallery was already bustling with guests.

Had a warm welcome from gallery owner and artist, Barbara Moore whom I met at the recent Langkawi Art Biennale 2016. 

Barbara’s art journey can be seen in this solo exhibition where works from various mediums were displayed but what stood out was her colourful colour pencil drawings, painstakingly rendered and resulting in amazing art works –

These are created by using dry colour pencil, which is a medium of various possibilities.

90 x 90 cm

And guess who was also there too – artist, Susanna Hernesniemi, another participant from Langkawi Art Biennale 2016!

Barbara Moore settled in Georgetown, Penang two years ago and found this quaint shop lot suitable for holding exhibitions and also as a studio.  Originally intended to be used to showcase other artists works too but as she has other commitments, she is not able to at the moment.
As for this current solo exhibition, there’s just a few days left.  Visitors are free to visit.  It is at No 13, Lorong Toh Aka.   Just ring the bell between 11am – 4pm or call for appointment.


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