Karwai Chan is a self-taught artist based in Malaysia. She paints to capture the essence of life’s must challenging and successful moments and the intense emotions linked with them. Her art is being commissioned by large, public listed companies around the world. Her clients range from entrepreneurs and politicians to Formula 1 institutions like McLaren. And race cars are a favourite motif, which have caught the interest of collectors of art and limited edition supercars alike. Today her art is exhibited in both art galleries and race car showrooms.
Finding Solace and Inspiration in Painting
Karwai found her medium for expressing her thoughts and feelings in oil painting
and installation art. Growing up, her family couldn’t afford art school, but she
had an urge to paint from an early age. Struggling to pay for materials she would
skip lunch to save for pencils and paint. As an unschooled artist, she didn’t have
much confidence and sold her works at low prices. But her desire to express
herself couldn’t be suppressed by relatives telling her there was “no future in
being an artist.”
When she was 14 years old her father passed away. That devastated her so
gravely that she fell into depression. Painting was, and still is, her way of dealing
with that emotional loss and similar deep-rooted feelings. As a form of selftherapy, she works her emotions into the colours on the canvas. From the happiest days to the lowest of lows, Karwai lets her brush strokes express what
she feels in the moment.
Break Through & Charity Work
Achieving recognition from established voices in the art world has given Karwai
the confidence to express her innermost feelings and ideas in her art. The first
time her artworks went for extravagant bids on auction, become her turning
point for believing in her own talent. Since then, her career has allowed her to exhibit her artworks among prestigious luxury cars. And raise five digit figures for
the Singapore Red Cross on her first charity auction in the Grand Hyatt hotel.
Charity work lays close to Karwai’s heart. Her goal is to continue raising money
to charity by donating the proceeds of art works to humanitarian causes. Her
own struggles with loss, depression and unprivileged upbringing drives her
passion for helping others.
Realism & Colour: Crafting a Unique Expression
“Art enriches people’s lives in so many ways. That is what makes it
eternal.” — Karwai Chan