With his trademark cotton cap, Choo Git Man or GM Choo is an artist who simply thrives in his works and none other than batik paintings. Having lived in Terengganu for almost 30 years, it’s little wonder that he has been strongly influenced by the richness of this traditional art form.
As he sits and paints on the easels along the walk-way fronting his gallery, he leaves an impression of a man who paints with abandon – inviting all to see and marvel at his craft. At 71, Choo is absolutely absorbed in his own art world. Though, a late starter, he has today caught up with lost time and wields his brushes like a magical wand. Art is his ‘love, hobby and business’ rolled into one which he approaches with no appologies and does full-time in his own passive ways.
Using oil, acrylic, water colour and mixed media, Choo paints a variety of subjects from landscape, ‘koi’ fishes, and abstracts but clearly favours painting the lucky ‘kois’ as evident from the displays in his gallery.
“I also conduct batik art painting demonstrations as I want to promote this aspect of our traditional art. It’s a fine technique but once you have learned the basics, you can eventually master it but of course you must have patience and the desire to constantly learn and improve,” he says smilingly.
His works have lined the walls of many hotels and also of private collectors but nothing pleases him more than to see the men in the street admiring his paintings. So, to catch the ‘man-at-work’ or see his displays, go to GM Choo Art Gallery located at 53 & 54, Jalan Tokong, Melaka – yards away from Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.
Please visit our gallery-correspondence address as follows to have a look at our paintings in persons.