Friday, June 14, 2013

The world through the eyes of Ping Lian Yeak

A beautiful interpretation Of Sydney's Opera House by artist Ping Lian Yeak (
I adore The Rocks in Sydney. Not only am I lucky enough to live nearby, it's

where I spend my work days. The history and stories ooze out of every sandstone block in the area. The atmosphere weighs heavily with whispers from the past that are itching to get into your psyche and ignite your imagination. I find the air electric - it may have something to do with the fact that I am a history nerd and it happens to be my line of work - but the ghosts of the past definitely linger through the dark, narrow alleyways and sandstone blocks that make up so many of the beautiful buildings in the area.

Weekends at The Rocks are abuzz with crowds flocking to weekend markets. We love to pop down for a walk and sticky-beak. It was during a recent visit that I came across a beautiful market stall run by Sarah,  mother of a young man called Ping Lian Yeak. Sarah sells his wonderful works of art and is more than happy to share the amazing story of her son's foray into the world of expression through art.
Sydney's Queen Victoria Building as seen through the eyes of
young artist, Ping Lian.

Born in Malaysia in 1993, Ping Lian was diagnosed with Autism at a very early age and as way of developing and strengthening his fine motor skills, was encouraged to trace pictures and colour them in. By the time he was 8 years of age, he had moved onto drawing and hasn't stopped since. I fell in love with so many of his works but bought the two prints pictured in this entry. I am a sucker for detail and the attention to detail in these prints is stunning. 

Ping Lian has been the subject of numerous documentaries and has featured in numerous books and his passion for drawing and painting continues to blossom. 

So if you are ever wondering how to spend either a Saturday or Sunday morning, make your way over to The Rocks Market and keep an eye out for Sarah and Ping Lian. You won't be disappointed.

No comments:

Post a Comment