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Choy Siew Kek is acknowledged to be one of Malaysia’s prominent artists; his batik paintings consistently express his instinctive and perceptive way of viewing colour and light. Siew Kek was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1947. He obtained a scholarship to study at the South German Plastic Institute in 1972. 

Siew Kek grew up in a family of artists, his father, the renowned master batik artist Chuah Thean Teng, introduced Siew Kek to the art of batik painting. Siew Kek became fascinated with the medium of batik as an art form and subsequently created many acclaimed batik paintings. Among his works are "BLOOM" and "RELAXING"; both of which are in the permanent collection of the Yahong Art Gallery and can be viewed at this gallery in Batu Ferringhi.