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Painting Up Mishell Leong style

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

I was really honoured when the widely subscribed newspaper from my hometown of Subang Jaya, in Malaysia wrote to me asking for an interview. There is one thing about growing up in a small residential town, growing up with your neighbours for the first eighteen years of your life and then being approached for a feature in that exact hometown's papers many years later. A true homecoming for me....


SUBANG JAYA has moulded Mishell Leong into an international artist that she is today. Her formative years were spent in the neighbourhood of SS14 and this she has not forgotten as she pursues her passion in art in Singapore. She holds sweet memories of her childhood in Subang Jaya and she still returns to her family home whenever time permits. We caught up with her recently and challenged her to share some juicy bits of her childhood and her career as a professional artist.

Did you grow up in Subang Jaya? Where did you school and how often do you come home to visit the family?

Yes, I did – until I was 17 years old when I left home for my University education in England. I went to Sekolah Kebangsaan Subang Jaya and Sekolah Menengah Subang Jaya, both schools within 8mins walk from my house. When I was living in Europe, I tried to come home once a year, and now – when I am closer across the channel, I try to be home every three to four months if I can.

Thank you SJ Echo for your kind feature. Please read the the full interview here:

Pictures by: Allen Chong Photography

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