Art at GTower Kuala Lumpur
A celebration of artistic vision
At GTower Hotel Kuala Lumpur, we believe that creativity, innovation and ideas are crucial to any company’s success and that art facilitates these qualities. As such, we have inextricably woven art is into the very fabric and design of GTower Hotel.
Specially commissioned works by renowned international artists may be found throughout the hotel. The first is a soaring sculpture that dominates the ground floor and the other is a collection of meditative black-and-white photographs of the Sabah rainforest. On the Mezzanine Floor, an up-and-coming Malaysian artist takes a mischievous perspective of Malaysian history with his tongue-in-cheek photo montages.
Born in Klang, Malaysia in 1953, Kumari Nahappan started painting when she joined the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts in 1992. She became the first candidate from the College to obtain the Master of Fine Arts from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia in 1995. A conceptual artist based in Singapore, Kumari has contributed significantly to the artistic and cultural landscape of the country. Throughout her artistic practice, spanned over the last two decades, she has developed an extensive body of works, including paintings, sculptures and installations, which have been exhibited in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Kumari is also noted for her signature and iconic, monumental public art sculptures – the giant bronze chilli-pepper, Pedas Pedas (2006) was commissioned by and installed at the National Museum of Singapore, the Saga (2007) at the North Arrival Hall in Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore and most recently, the Nutmeg (2009) at the newly opened ION Orchard, Singapore and Wild Chilli Couple (2010) for GTower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Influenced by her uncle, an amateur photographer, at the age of 11, Maria discovered her calling in photography. Mostly self taught, Maria began her professional career in Boras (Sweden) in 1968. She lived and worked in Paris from 1971 to 1976 before settling in Barcelona in 1977. An intrepid photographer, her portfolio ranges from works done for international advertising agencies, public institutions (Catalan Autonomous Government, Barcelona Municipal Government), National and International magazines and newspapers like The New York Times, La Vanguardia, Time and Elle. In 1992, she was appointed as the official portrait photographer of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Maria has also taken portraits of key personalities like HM King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Antonio Banderas.
These days, Maria spends her time, split between travelling the world and taking pictures with her Hasselblad, writing, exhibiting and directing documentaries, advertisements and short films. In 2002, Maria added another accolade under her belt, winning a Silver Lion in Cannes 2002 for the film Origenes: Ano Internacional Gaudi.
Ahmad Fuad Osman
As an artist, Fuad is not limited by the restrictions of medium or mode of expressions, which is evident in his drawings, paintings, digital prints, video, multimedia installations and performances. Today, the visual artist has exhibited and sold his work in Malaysia and abroad, and won several awards for his distinct point of view.
His new body of works of paintings and slide projection for residency exhibition titled ‘Recollections of Long Lost Memories’ is initially inspired by the 50th Merdeka celebration. By selecting certain important occasions or moments in the nation’s history and using old archival photos related to the event as reference, Ahmad Fuad painted them larger than life in black & white and inserted an anonymous but contemporary person into the composition, juxtaposing the past with the present, creating a dialogue.
Wong Neng Lee
A full time teacher and artist on the side, Wong Neng Lee is inspired by the natural beauty of Sarawak’s vibrant natural environment. Wong’s inspiration often finds itself manifested in a variety of expressions from traditional oil on canvas to 3D installations often made from recycled corrugated zinc. Most often Wong’s artwork pays homage to the abundance of aquatic creatures found in the warm tropical waters of the South China Sea.