By Ariel Chew
Together with The Art Commune gallery, the Golden Sands Resort, Penang by Shangri-La presented an open showcase of original artwork by the prodigious savant Yeak Ping Lian, an autistic 16-year-old Malaysian boy.
HRH Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, the Raja Puan Muda of Perlis officially launched the display at the resort’s Cool Lounge recently.
Yeak is one of only 100 prodigious savants worldwide and specialises in creating paintings using charcoal, acrylic, watercolour, ink and oil pastels. He has exhibited his art internationally in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States, including a feature at the United Nations headquarters in New York in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day 2008.
The highlight of the event featured a drawing demonstration by Yeak to display his skills and method of creation.
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, Golden Sands Resort, Penang invited 20 children from the Centre for Resource and Education of Autistic Children (REACh) to take part in a drawing competition with prizes sponsored by the resort. The children were treated to lunch and playtime at the Adventure Zone – a 957-square-metre indoor, air-conditioned family entertainment centre.
“Through this exhibition, the Golden Sands Resort offers the local community an opportunity to observe and appreciate thought provoking paintings brought to life by a ‘genius,’ where the artist displays exceptional abilities despite disorders like autism or learning difficulties. We are also glad to bring in the children of REACh for a fun and educational experience,” said Bruno Cristol, general manager of the Golden Sands Resort, Penang.