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Dato’ Tay Mo Leong

About Dato' Tay Mo Leong 

Born in 1960 in Penang, Dato’ Tay is a full-time artist and currently the chairman of the Art Gallery Committee, Penang as well as a member of the State Museum Board. He is also the president of the Penang Watercolour Society since 1985.

During his secondary education at Chung Ling High School, he joined the art society and developed a passion for art under tutelage of Khaw Sia, one of Malaysia’s foremost art pioneers.

He later enrolled at the Provincial Taipei Normal College, graduating with a Diploma in Fine Art in 1960.

He had held numerous solo exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Florida and Tokyo since 1961. He also participated in group exhibitions that was held in London, Paris, Taiwan, Bangkok, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and California.

Besides winning several awards in local art competitions for his batik and watercolour paintings, he also won prizes for his sculptures.

His paintings have been collected by the National Art gallery of Malaysia. The Penang Museum and Art Gallery, Universiti Sains Malaysia Art Gallery and also by individual and corporate collectors in Malaysia and abroad.

His works are featured in ‘Contemporary Artists of Malaysia’, Dolores Wharton (1976), The Crafts of the Modern World, Rose Sluika (1968), Malaysian Batik Creating New Traditions by Sarah Arney and other publications.


Solo Exhibitions


   1961     Penang

   1965     British Council, Kuala Lumpur

   1966     Samat Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

                  France-Nell Gallery, Tokyo Japan

   1968     Miami Museum of Modern Art, Florida USA

   1974     Adelaide Australia

   1979     Balinese Series, E&O Hotel, Penang

   1989     BP’ Series, Penang Museum & Art Gallery



    1980     Sculpture Competition, Gama Complex (Winner)

   1984     Sculpture Competition for the EPF Building Mural, Kuala Lumpur (3rd Prize)

   1997     Japan Modern Arts Association Exhibition, Osaka Japan (Foreign Minister Award)