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.
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)