Artist Profile

Rekha Menon is a self-taught artist who finally took the plunge to go full-time into visual arts after over a decade being a branding and media relations professional. 

 

Menon, a Malaysian artist born and based in Kuala Lumpur, combines naïve figurations and abstract motifs in her body of work. She loves to explore the mystery of our subconscious mind.  As a young girl growing up in Penang, she believed in fairy tales, magic and dimensional spaces, and therefore imagining these unique realities through her art.Her bright and colourful palette flows with lines, shapes, patterns, symbols and shading to signify the plethora of expressions and feelings, each lending their qualities to almost recognisable forms through her unique imagination.

 

Menon’s artworks have been showcased at international platforms in Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. She was recognized with a Honourable Award by the International Watercolour Society for its 2018 International Watercolour Biennale. Her works are currently in private collections in Italy, Germany, Norway, Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Singapore, USA and Malaysia.

Artist Statement

I am a contemporary painter working with mixed media. My artworks tend to gravitate towards naïve and pop art at the moment. I use a lot of bright colours, repetitive patterns and textures in my artworks. My current influences are Yayoi Kusama, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rafiee Ghani, Dedy Sufriadi and Heri Dono. Understanding the human element has always interested me. I love to explore the multi-dimensional aspect of us as humans through our emotions, self-awareness and interconnectedness. I believe that when every person is given the right care and opportunity, there will be more empathy, kindness and understanding in this world. I hope to create art that highlights these sentiments.

Exhibitions

2020

KL City Art Gallery (ArtVoice Collective) - Group Show - "Colourama– July 2020 - Selangor, Malaysia

KL City Art Gallery (ArtVoice Collective) - Online Group Show - "Stay Home– June 2020 - Selangor, Malaysia

ArtVoice Collective - Online Group Show - "Cage 2.0– May 2020 - Selangor, Malaysia

Galeri Shah Alam - Group Show - PERUPA - "Satu: Masterpiece" – March 2020 - Selangor, Malaysia

 

Atelier 11 Gallery - Group Show - "International Women’s Day" – March 2020 - Selangor, Malaysia

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2019

 

Chang Chui Gallery - Group Show - "Friendship: Art & Connectivity" - October 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand

 

Penang State Art Museum & Gallery - Group Show - "Calligraphy Art" - August 2019 - Penang, Malaysia

Publika Art Show (UEM, Segaris & Artemis) - Group Show - "Sama - Sama" - August 2019 - KL, Malaysia

 

Padepokan Apel Watoe Gallery - Group Show - "The Path of Love" - July 2019 - Jogjakarta, Indonesia

Island Gallery – Group Show - "House of Hearts" – May 2019 - Penang, Malaysia

 

Impiana Hotel – Group Show - "Festival Du Feminin" –  March 2019 - KL, Malaysia

Artemis Gallery –  Group Show - "It’s a small small world" – March 2019 - KL, Malaysia

 

Atelier 11 Gallery - Group Show - "Celebrating Women" – March 2019 - Malaysia

Ilford Gallery - Group Show - "Yayasan Hassanah and Giclee Lab Incubation Program Graduation" - February 2019 - Selangor, Malaysia

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2018

 

UM Art Gallery (Opposite Abstract Collective) - Group Show - "Non-Finito" – December 2019 - Selangor, Malaysia

 

Wicked Art Space (Studio Mekar Collective) - Group Show - "MyMory" - November 2018 - Selangor, Malaysia

 

Publika Art Show (UEM, Segaris & Artemis) - Group Show - "Rebirth" – October 2018 - Selangor, Malaysia

 

Shangri-La Hotel (Malaysian Embassy of Thailand & Penang Art Society) - Group Show - "Malaysia Day" – September 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand

 

Penang State Art Museum and Gallery - Group Show - "Penang Art Society's 65th Anniversary" - August 2018 – Penang, Malaysia

 

Mona Gallery - Group Show - "Celebrating Life" – March 2018 - Tokyo, Japan

 

Hulo Hotel Gallery - Group Show - "Imago Mundi - 3 Nations Art Show" - January 2018 - KL, Malaysia

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2017

 

Hulo Hotel Gallery - Group Show - "Mindscapes – Human and Nature" - December 2017 - KL, Malaysia

 

Nuvo Hotel Gallery - Group Show - "Imago Mundi #3 Nations Art Show" - October 2017 - Singapore

 

Awe Gallery - Duo Show - "Stories & Us" - September 2017 - Selangor, Malaysia 

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2015

 

Chai Diam Ma Gallery (Empart Sekawan) - Group Show - "Journey Towards Art Diversity" - December 2015 - Penang, Malaysia

 

Black Box Publika - Group Show - "Elusive" - October 2015 - KL, Malaysia

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2014

 

Art Row Publika - Private Show - "Naïve Art Collection" - March 2014 - KL, Malaysia

2010 - present
Competition

Honourable Award Recipient - International Watercolour Biennale 2018

2010 - present
Education

MA in Communication Management (University of South Australia)

BA in Media & Communication (Murdoch University, Australia)

Valedictorian (2000) Murdoch University

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