Low Chee Peng was born in 1975 in Penang, Malaysia. He is a father, and a self-taught artist of over 20 years experience. Chee Peng first took an interest in art in his teenage years. Shortly after school, he started an apprenticeship with a sculpture company and has never looked back since. As a sculptor, Chee Peng strives to create works that speak both to him and the society. Being a father taught him that moral erosion in society happens as one relinquishes one’s innocence and naivety to engage in mindless pursuit of power and ambitions. Chee Peng’s reflection in human nature ripples throughout the rich depth of his sculptures with their spirit of childlike innocence and serenity. He hopes to inspire those who see his work to look more carefully at the world around them through young untainted eyes.
Chee Peng works mainly with stones and metals. The coldest marble and hardest steel would bend and warm in his hands to create a miraculous “heavy yet light” contrast. It is as if he manages to convey an exuberantly humane spirit and intimacy by carving and scorching to elicit the softness within. His sculptures are often viewed as traditional yet contemporary; abstract yet straightforward; simple yet concise His signature aesthetic void exudes a sense of spiritual lightness in the face of the weight of reality.
In 2009, Chee Peng made his artistic debut in Penang Art Society. Since then he has been actively exhibiting his works in local galleries including Penang State Art Gallery. In 2014, he was selected to participate in Malaysia’s National Art Gallery’s Young Contemporaries exhibition. In 2013, he represented Malaysia in Asia Contemporary Sculptors International Exchange in Guangzhou, China; and then again in the 13th Oita Asia Sculpture Exhibition, Japan in year 2016. His work has been collected by Penang State Art Museum.
Chee Peng’s works celebrate the human, the marks people make in their community. They seek to remind us to treasure the local, the small-scale, the seemingly ordinary, and to respect what people have built for themselves. They evoke in people, a cultural understanding, and a sense of peace and contentment.