Botanical Collection

'Miao Miao'

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2019

Framed: 69cm x 84cm x 6cm

Artwork Dimension: 61cm x 76cm x 4.5cm

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‘Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

The cats are my homage to my eighteen cats that I had at one point in my childhood. I call these my “Graffiti Cats” in this painting.

ketupat and sirap bandung, Mishell Leong Art

"Ketupat and Sirap Bandung"

Acrylic on Linen

2018

36” x 30” (92cm x 76cm)

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Literally inspired by my neighbour’s house where I grew up in Subang Jaya.

 

I close my eyes and see and smell the festivities of Hari Raya (Eid) when I was growing up. The splash of pink represents my favourite drink, Sirap Bandung; the splash of gold – the Satay sauce that I used to heap ladles full of onto anything and everything on my plate at the Hari Raya open house events I went to eagerly as a child. 

 

These are one of my precious memories of home. 

'Painter’s Dream' and 'Dance of Light'

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Canvas

2018

Framed: 44cm x 140cm x 7cm

Artwork Dimension: 135cm x 40cm x 4.5cm

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The abstract collection is my inspiration from the vibrant colours and festivities of my childhood life, with layers and layers of delightful textures and colours.

"That Corner House"

Acrylic on Linen

2018

36” x 30” (92cm x 76cm)

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I grew up in a humble, double storey terraced house and I would walk by this corner house everyday on my way to and back from school. 

 

The house’s wall had this particular coral shade of paint but unfortunately due to the constant battering of sunshine and rain, the paint started to peel off the sides and top of the wall. 

 

I used to catch tadpoles and play on the seesaw just next to this house. These are one of my precious memories of home. 

that corner house, mishell leong, 2018.j

"Palm Springs"

Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Linen

2018

36” x 36” (92cm x 92cm)

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Inspired by the house with the massive Bougainvillea tree just across my Secondary School in Subang Jaya. 

 

I have snippets of memories from my childhood of this tree and its magnificient hues of pink, magenta and white. The house was painted coral and this tree with its bountiful blooms stooped almost over their front gate. 

 

Childhood memories are so powerful this way. I am so grateful for them. 

 

The beautiful oak frame with teal linen inlay just beautifully brings out the grains of the leaves and pops the colours.

the path, mishell leong art

"The Path"

Acrylic on Linen

2018

53” x 33.5” (135cm x 85cm)

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This painting was inspired by my daily walks to and home from both my primary and secondary schools, both conveniently located within ten minutes from home,

 

Although the path is technically a straighter path in real life - in my child’s mind, it was twisty and windy, full of little adventures and obstacles, puddles that I had to jump over and the overgrown weeds or bush I had to swerve around.

I also remember how I took my time to study the flowers and insects along the way…often making it in the nick of time to school. 

This was the most detailed piece of my 2018 Botanical Art series. There are six bees hidden in this painting.

"Stronger than You Think"

Acrylic on Linen,

2018

32” x 16” (81 x 41cm)

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True story: Although this painting was actually created in 2018, I lacked the confidence to be proud of it until a year later – when I finally gathered enough courage to have it photographed. 

 

In reflection, I realised how we often tell ourselves stories that do not serve us at all – how “we are not good enough”… “we are not enough”. I have also learned that it is possible for us to create a new subconscious by changing the stories that we tell ourselves.

 

In this painting, I have infused words of love and encouragement to give one the courage and confidence to break through that barrier, into the light.

awful cats_2019_mishel leong, botanicals

"Awful Cats"

Mixed Media on Linen

2019

35” x 29” (91cm x 76cm)

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‘Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

 

By incorporating real leaves and flowers, the authentic and beautiful essence of Mother Nature transcends onto the canvas. Seeing the intensity of the results from each intricate and individual leaf and flower pattern was empowering; every crease and angle is captured in way a brush could never express so acutely.

 

It was exhilarating to witness the transformational effect from each layer of rich jungle, exuding the magical feel of multi-dimensional garden on canvas. 

 

In a world that often feels so detached and artificial, it was energising to bring the raw beauty of natural foliage into the artworks. The cats are my homage to my eighteen cats that I had at one point in my childhood.

here comes the sun, mishell leong, 2019, botanicals

"Here Comes the Sun" 

Mixed Media and Gold Leaf on Linen

2019

34” x 34” (86cm x 86cm)

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 ‘Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

 

My mum is an avid gardener and I always grew up surrounded by plants, flowers and fruits trees of all sorts – papaya, mango, guava etc. Mum was really into her Orchids at one point in time and me, as a child, never understood the attraction at that time. In particular, she had a great fondness for these yellow dancer orchids that she grew many of.

 

Funny how now, in my mature life, I look at the Orchid with a whole different set of view. I see the Orchid as a majestic yet simple, elegant and somewhat sensual flower. Yellow is one of my mum’s favourite colours to wear when I was younger.

monsoon magic, mishell leong, 2019, 69x6

"Monsoon Magic"

Mixed Media on Linen

2019

27” x 27” (69cm x 69cm)

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Inspired by the memories of my childhood days of growing up in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. I was surrounded by lush banana and palm trees. 

 

I loved the smell of the rain and I used to sit by my window staring at the raindrops racing down the windowsill, daydreaming away. 

 

These are my memories of home. 

peekaboo i see you, mishell leong, 2019, botanicals

"Peekaboo, I See You"

Mixed Media and Silver Leaf on Linen

2019

11” x 11” (28cm x 28cm)

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‘Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

 

This is one of my “Cat in the Garden” series where I first incorporated real leaves and flowers which really helped bring the cat to life in the painting.

 

By incorporating real leaves and flowers, the authentic and beautiful essence of Mother Nature transcends onto the canvas. Seeing the intensity of the results from each intricate and individual leaf and flower pattern was empowering; every crease and angle is captured in way a brush could never express so acutely.

just poking around, mishell leong, 2019, botanicals

"Just Poking Around"

Mixed Media and Silver Leaf on Linen

2019

10” x 10” (25cm x 25cm)

SOLD

 

‘Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

 

This is one of my “Cat in the Garden” series where I first incorporated real leaves and flowers which really helped bring the cat to life in the painting.

 

By incorporating real leaves and flowers, the authentic and beautiful essence of Mother Nature transcends onto the canvas. Seeing the intensity of the results from each intricate and individual leaf and flower pattern was empowering; every crease and angle is captured in way a brush could never express so acutely.

cat in the garden, mishell leong, 2019, botanicals

"Cat in the Garden"

Mixed Media and Silver Leaf on Linen

2019

10” x 10” (25cm x 25cm)

SOLD

 

‘Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

 

This is one of my “Cat in the Garden” series where I first incorporated real leaves and flowers which really helped bring the cat to life in the painting.

 

By incorporating real leaves and flowers, the authentic and beautiful essence of Mother Nature transcends onto the canvas. Seeing the intensity of the results from each intricate and individual leaf and flower pattern was empowering; every crease and angle is captured in way a brush could never express so acutely.

"Do Re Me"

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2019

26cm x 26cm

SOLD

Watercolour Collection
a thousand blooms, mishell leong watercolour art

"A Thousand Blooms"

Watercolour on Paper

2015

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This was my first watercolour painting, commissioned for the cover of a friend’s company annual catalogue. 

 

The brief was elegant, opulent, Shanghai Tang – so I decided to go for the Peony and Koi fishes to symbolise prosperity and abundance. Chrysanthemums are believed to represent happiness, love, longevity and joy. 

 

Painting watercolour is something that is especially therapeutic for me, for my soul. I particularly enjoy using cold-pressed textured paper for this type of artwork.

abundance, mishell leong, watercolour

"Abundance"

Watercolour on Paper

2016

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Another special commission from an ex-colleague and good friend, I wanted to create a painting that would give her peace and calm yet inspire and energise for her new office.

 

Peonies are regarded as the “King of Flowers”,  symbolic of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage. 

 

Koi fishes symbolise good fortune and success whilst butterflies represent freedom and rebirth. The pink lotus flower is seen as meaning purity and devotion. Combined, all elements are meant to bring prosperity, luck and purity – the pillars of abundance in life.

 

“Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our Abundance.” – Epicurus.

my mum's garden, mishell leong, watercolour art

"My Mum’s Garden"

Watercolour on Paper

2018

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Created out of a whim, I wanted a painting that encapsulates the feeling of joy and homecoming when I think of my home in Malaysia. 

 

The colours, textures and shapes and sizes of all the flora and fauna speak to me more and more as I grow older, living away from home.

Sensual Collection

"Faye Sun - Beauty"

Year: 2017

Oil on Canvas

Dimension: 34” x 40” (86.5cm x 102cm)

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This painting is based on the first Asian model who broke into the Italian Vogue market. Her name is Sun Fei Fei. I had a connection to her as I have always struggled with balancing the eastern and western sides of who I am. Her courage to conquer the world of western fashion made her not only beautiful, but strong and determined. To illustrate this, the painting is full of contradictions – almost against the “rules of the artworld” - the bold and expressive palette knife strokes with the fine art brush details; a westernised face with east-Asian elements; and the texture and smoothness. 

 

“Life is full of contrasts. The beauty is in embracing all of it with full courage and confidence."

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