Teoh Joo Ngee is one of the fine artists from Malaysia. Born in 1970 in Bukit Mertajam in Penang, Joo Ngee’s art is well established where she has had her works showcased in public and private art spaces around the country and abroad. Joo Ngee’s work is known for being abstract and contemporary and has often drawn comparison with some of the masters and gurus of the art scene. Her works are well received for having dwelled with social and current issues of the society with a minimalist approach although one cannot but appreciate her technique in her own styles which are very well distinguished and unique to her.
She obtained her Diploma in Fine Art from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1992 and has been actively involved in establishing her work in the industry ever since. In 1996, she would go on an apprenticeship programme under Jerisalinu V Arous from the University of Philippines. Joo Ngee has continuously been working on her art work where she has been involved in numerous group shows as well as her own solo shows around the country. On top of that, she has also previously won awards which have propelled her into becoming one of the influential artists in Malaysia.
Teoh Joo Ngee’s Exhibitions and awards
Teoh Joo Ngee’s work in fine art is very much recognized by collectors, appreciators and galleries around the country. She has held solo exhibitions as well as being involved in many group shows too. She was the Japan Foundation Fellowship Visiting Research Fellow awarded by Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka, Japan in 1997-1998. In 2000 her work received Honourable Mention at the Philip Morris Asean Art Award while she was also selected as Honourable Mention Artist by The Freeman Fellowship of the United States in 2004 and 2005.
Her most recent solo exhibition was held at the NN Gallery entitled ‘New Works by Teoh Joo Ngee’ in 2011 while she also had previous shows at the Café Gallery in 1995 entitled ‘Silence All These Years’. In 1998, she held her first solo exhibition overseas in Japan at the Uku Gallery called ‘Theatre in Pieces’ and a year later the ‘Affinity’ show was held at Art Extreme Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. She was also one of the few who had a solo show at the prestigious Galeri Petronas entitled ‘Walking Line’. Apart from being involved with the Young Contemporary exhibitions, Joo Ngee’s work has also travelled to Korea where it was exhibited at the “Environment At Aesthetic Asian Contemporaries Art” show at the Art Centre of Seoul, the “Beppu Asian Contemporaries Art Exhibition” at the B-Con Plaza, Beppu in Oita, Japan and many others.