13 Nov 2015: Exquisite art—the sublime fruits of Loka Made

loka-1I believe that most artists have the urge to publish their own artbook and of course, l am one of them. Nevertheless, I hope my book will not just be an ordinary artbook but a bookfilled with creative illustrations, text, and concept ideas.—FeiGiap

Loka Made is the name given to an imaginative series of illustrations which started in 2011. Its inception began when author FeiGiap had a chance visit to Kuala Pilah, the birthplace of his father. The rustic landscape and architecture inspired him to paint something with a local influence. This experience led to the “Good Old Days”, an illustration which started it all. His exposure to Japanese art—the style as well as the elements of fantasy—slowly started blending into his works. From here onwards, the basic art direction and style for this art technique begun to take form. Apart from local and fantasy elements, the core of Loka Made is the imagination and exploration of the world during FeiGiap’s childhood—scenes of old cinemas, sundry shops, snack bars and other places.

With consummate artistic skills, FeiGiap transformed his childhood memories into vivid and lively paintings. Despite the obvious nod towards Japanese anime, his works display an almost perceptive insight and understanding of his own culture and background—the very same characteristic which forms the mission of Loka Made. His impressive body of work has been channelled into both conventional and novel avenues—an art book, a series of landscape postcards and 3D pop-up cards. The latter aren’t postcards or greeting cards in the traditional sense, but are ‘prefab dioramas’ with instructions on how to cut, fold and assemble printed on the reverse side.

Loka Made are currently staging an exhibition at DownTown Café, Armenian Street, Penang daily from 14th Nov–29th Nov, 11am–6pm. Their series of pop-up cards had a showing recently at the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention.

About the artist: FeiGiap was born in 1987 in Seremban. Malaysia. In 2013, he published Scenery, a series of his artworks. He graduated from The One Academy Illustration Course in 2008. His achievements include guest lecturer of The One Academy; co-creating the concept art and poster for the movie The Journey and working on the National Day advertising poster for Petronas Malaysia in 2014. He started Loka Made in 2015, a coalition of talents which includes illustrators, designers, animators, as well as other professionals with different areas of expertise. Together, their dream is to promote local culture and the creative industry in Malaysia.