Wednesday April 19, 2006
More to tea than just drinking
Story by MICHAEL LOH
MALACCA: Using Chinese tea as his medium, 55-year-old artist Soh Mok Tan paints scenes of Malacca River that bring out the rustic charm of the place.
“I’ve fallen in love with Malacca River and like to drink tea.
“These two form a beautiful combination,” said Soh.
A retired art teacher who moved from Malacca to Sungai Buloh, Selangor, to stay with his son, Soh decided to put his talent to good use.
His contribution to art has received the support of the Malacca government and members of public.
Using the tea, Soh has come up with several masterpieces featuring different parts of Malacca River in conjunction with the third anniversary of Malacca's Historic City declaration.
He hoped his pictures would promote Malacca and the river's beauty.
Spending time using different mediums to paint the river scenery does not satisfy Soh.
His love for art has inspired him to paint other historical Malacca monuments such as the A'Famosa fort.
Soh has used different techniques in his paintings.
One of the techniques is putting colours on a drawing block and pressing it with his hands to churn out unique shades.
“This is real art, with broken and uneven lines," he said.