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Visual artist Deric Ch’ng  will show his artwork ‘Mate, Are You Happy In Heaven’ at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 visual arts exhibition. GFEST 2011 Visual Arts Exhibition will take place at Dreamspace Gallery , 1-3 Dufferin Street, London, EC1Y 8NA (press buzzer to enter) during Mon 7 Nov to Sat 19 Nov 9am to 5:30pm, Sat: 10am to 5pm (Sunday Closed) ENTRY FREE

GFEST is recognised as London’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgerder and Queer (LGBTQ) arts festival for all.

We had a chat with Deric about his work and himself:

How do you see your own art the work?

My artwork is an extension of my life as I see the world around me………my work is an extension of my soul.

Mate, Are You Happy In Heaven

How would you describe your own practice?

My practice consists of painting, drawing, photography, architectural design and writing.

Are there any external factors that help you creatively?

Yes, there are a lot external factors that help me create my art such as citizenship and nationality dilemma, facing difficulties life experiences in UK, losing my job in economic downturn. These factors changed my views and creativity.

How do you look at reinventing yourself – through your work?

From my previous works, I only create ‘Pure’ artworks just like most artists do, painting landscaping, portrait and still life. Now there are lacks of meaning and expression to me. And I started to paint different issues which affected my life. I like people to see my emotional and soul in my painting. I hope to create more ‘Political art’ in the near future, which I can express my own feeling and thought on the political issue which happen in UK.

What are the most important themes and elements that feed into your creativity?

My themes are changing from time to time, my last year solo exhibition ‘London, the visit’, I applied a lot of rich and strong colours on my painting. As I grow up in Malaysia, most Malaysian artists like to use strong colour as an important elements on their painting. This indirectly affected me as well.

Can you describe the creative process behind the work and how it works for you?

I loose myself when I am working on a painting and writing, I become insular and this is a release from the pressure of my injustice immigration issues. Without my art I am no one!

How would you like yourself or your work to be known?

For years I have had to fight to live and hand to mouth existence in the U.K through no fault of my own. I wait for the day I can paint birds flying free over the London skyline which would be a representation that I am seen as a U.K. citizen.
Any single wish?

To own my own studio and have some galleries represent my works.

Many Thanks Deric and best wishes from GFEST Team

For more information on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 please contact: Subodh Rathod, Wise Thoughts / GFEST – Gaywise FESTival
Tel: 020 8889 9555 /


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