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Kiah Kiean


I started using dry twigs and Chinese ink to draw in 2011, beginning with “dots” and “lines”, but I had to use diluted ink in order to achieve a grayscale “surface”. Later I found that the ink midtone surface can be achieved by rubbing ink with a dry brush on watercolour paper. I call this technique “dry wash”. With this technique, the drawing method with pure ink and twigs has become more complete. Ink-Between represents my dialogue with the traditional ink painting, with an attempt to re-think it and give it a new interpretation.

Largo Camões, Lisbon

Corner Joss Stick Stall at Goddess of Mercy Temple, Pitt Street, Penang

Cannonball Flower, Penang Botanic Gardens

Monstera deliciosa, Plnttag, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 莊嘉強,1974年生於檳城喬治市。馬來西亞理科大學建築系畢業,喜歡旅行繪畫和整理東西。從事平面設計約十年,目前是全職畫家。他於2009年加入Urban Sketchers,2010年和友人發起「速寫‧檳城」。個人素描作品集有《素描老檳城》和《路‧線》。其更多素描作品可在網站www.kiahkiean.com瀏覽。


Ch’ng Kiah Kiean, born 1974 in George Town, Penang. He graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia with Architecture Degree. After running his own graphic design studio for about 10 years he is now a fulltime artist based in Penang. He published Sketchers of Pulo Pinang in 2009 and Line-line Journey in 2011. Kiah Kiean joined Urban Sketchers in 2009 and co-founded Urban Sketchers Penang in 2010. Find out more of his work at