My Art Quest

By Liew Kian Yap

When GAP’s holds their annual general meeting, every state takes its turn. For this year itself, this fruitful meeting was organised in Kota Bharu and I was invited by Yang DiPertua Mohd Shaimy as a guest observer and also to spend time with participating artists during their process of painting and sketching in a tiny fishing village at Geting, Tumpat. 

With Ismail Kadir (Deputy President II of GAP's) at Geting Canopy

A group photo with our special guest of honour, YB. Dato' Mej (Rtd) Hj. Md. Anizam B Abd Rahman
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kebudayaan, Pelancongan dan Warisan Kerajaan 
Negeri Kelantan

Yang Dipertua Mohd Shaimy presents a goodie bag as a token of appreciation to YB Dato's for dropping by to meet up with participating artists


Inquisitive villagers are willing to go out and stand under the sun for hours to observe the artists-at-work

A fisherman

Sketch by Dato' Mahsun

A surprise visit by a senior artist, Khalil Ibrahim

The artists are scattered all over the fishing village to sketch and paint, while being interviewed and photographed by Rohana Ismail, a reporter from Sinar Harian





Fadli Bahari (artist from Negeri Sembilan) using his iPad in capturing the man in the fishing boat for his painting subject

Munif (artist from Kuantan) is the first artist to sketch the fishing village 


Ismail Kadir(artist from Kelantan) and Zuwaris(artist from Melaka) are facing the sea that is overlooking the fishing village while doing their sketchings 

Pak Judin (President of Kedah Art Society) puts on his sunglasses under the glaring sun while he sketches the fishing village 

Yang Dipertua Shaimy, artist-at-work


Cikgu Lothfi (President of Perak Art Society) covers his head with his shirt to shield from the blazing, hot sun

Kamaruzaman(artist from Kota Bharu)  finds a sheltered corner to enjoy his sketching

I actually found Nasha Mohd sitting under a wooden bridge to have a closer view of the fishing village 

Abdul Raoof Ali (artist from Kuantan)


Group photo wth YB Dato' 

A total of 60 artists from ten states attended the annual general meeting and participated in the outdoor painting & sketching at Geting, Tumpat

Ismail Kadir presented a painting to YB. Dato' Mej (Rtd) Hj. Md. Anizam  

It is a splendid idea whereby GAP’s takes turn in every state to organise this annual general meeting while simultaneously getting artists to participate in the outdoor painting programme. About two months later, they will hold a group exhibition at a gallery in Central Market, KL. YB. Dato' Mej (Rtd) Hj. Md. Anizam is very glad to see GAP’s has put in so much initiative, thus YB Dato’ offers a donation of RM5, 000 to the society and extends his invitation to artists to return to Kota Bharu in painting the scenery of the city during the monsoon season. YB Dato’ is indeed curious to see how the artists will paint the flooded city on a boat!