The Wolf Totem

ABOUT THE ARTISTChang Fee Ming is the itinerant artist incarnate. Born in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia in 1959, the self taught artist makes patient records of the realities he is able to capture during his travels.From the windy Tibetan plateaus to the littoral shores of the Swahili coast, from the farming communities of Indochina to the festivities surrounding Balinese culture, his practice documents, with amazing acuity and depth, the diverse cultural landscapes of the region.Chang Fee Ming is today recognised as one of Asia's most accomplished artists working with watercolour. He has exhibited widely in the Southeast Asian region, with solo shows in Kuala Lumpur, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Jakarta and Bali, and participated in numerous major exhibitions in Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, China (Tianjin and Shanghai), Indonesia, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, UK, Sweden and Brazil.In recent years, his Mekong series, based on seven years of research and travel, toured to Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, National Art Gallery, Jakarta and Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Chiang Mai in 2004. In 2005, he travelled to the Swahili Coast in Africa, making a series of small works and studies. From 2005 through to 2007 he has been researching and working on the source of the Mekong, in Yunnan, Tibet and Qinhai. This series was later exhibited in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Beijing.In 2009, Chang Fee Ming participated in the artist residency program at Singapore Tyler Print Institute. In the following year, he launched a publication of travel sketches, Sketching Through Southeast Asia, which tells a different story about Southeast Asia than the dominant narrative that has largely preoccupied itself with the region's modernity, urbanisation and economic growth.Chang Fee Ming is based in Kuala Terengganu, spending part of the year in Bali, and much of the rest travelling through Asia.