The Art Gallery, Penang is a place to explore paintings from the past and present. Here, you can discover our current and past exhibitions, makes enquiries, view and perhaps own one of our collection of artworks or purchase our art books.
We stock mostly Malaysian art, both contemporary and old masters and pioneers works by Malaysian Pioneer Artists such as Abdullah Ariff, Chuah Thean Teng, Khaw Sia, Kuo Ju Ping, Lee Cheng Yong and Yong Mun Sen. We are here specially for art collectors, lovers, students, and educators who wish to discover, learn & collect art.
Established in 1989, The Art Gallery Penang is the brain child of art philanthropist and avid art collector Dato’ Dr Tan Chee Khuan and his late wife, Siau Bian. Although initially started off by selling Chinese ink brush paintings from China, the gallery quickly made a name in the Malaysian art community to become a prominent art gallery holding between 12 to 15 exhibitions a year by local well-known artists.
Due to Siau Bian’s untimely demise in late 2001 from acute myeloid leukemia, the gallery was closed in August 2002 for exhibitions. However, Dato Dr. Tan’s passion for art lives on as the gallery continues to showcase his extensive collections. Upon requests by fans, The Art Gallery was revived in 2013 operating on “By Appointment” Only.
After some 30-odd years of involvement in the art world, Dato' Dr Tan, then started his own career as an artist in 2008 and has held 4 solo exhibitions from 2009 to 2011. He is currently a vice-chairman of the Penang State Art Gallery committee, advisor to the Penang Oil Painting Society, and since 2011, advisor for the Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers and later, Masterpiece aunctions of Malaysian art. He has also recently became the advisor for Penang Art District Project.
Since April 2016, Ee Lene, his daughter has officially taken over the management of the gallery with Dato' Dr Tan as her mentor. Ee Lene curates solo and group exhibitions four to six times a year, showing the recent works of contemporary Malaysian artists (established and emerging artists) as well as occasionally curating mini-retrospectives exhibitions for local artists who have been in the art career for at least 10-15 years, to show the evolution of their work.
Based in Penang, The Art Gallery is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by making it easy, convenient and welcoming for both collectors and artists. We not only expand the art market to support more artists and art in the world, but also collecting and discovering art.
Our gallery is mainly for hosting art exhibitions, art books launching, art selling and other-related events & exhibitions. We offers wide selection of paintings, drawings and sculpture with a range of prices. We provide expertly curated environment for artists to exhibit and sell their artworks.
Please note that, The Art Gallery is not liable for any inaccuracies if any.
During exhibition periods, it is open on Fridays to Sundays from 2pm until 5pm.
At other times, viewing is by appointment only.