A GLIMPSE INTO
A MOMENTARY THOUGHT
THAT IS REIFIED
IN REALITY
James Seet
James Seet

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

In the quest for eternal change as an artist, I find it essential to tell stories, the dramas of life that may begin with something obscure to the infinite complexity that tickles the emotion. It’s a visual representation of a dialogue I am after, a theatrical performance to the eyes that behold!

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BIOGRAPHY

James has been in the advertising field in Malaysia for over 20 years, now working as an Associate Creative Director in Arc/Leo Burnett, one of the biggest creative ad agencies in the world.

Professionally, he conceptualizes 2D imaginations into 3D, while overseeing all creative design work produced by his team. This provides an invaluable insight for creating art on a commercial level, which gives him the opportunity to develop groundbreaking ideas to improve brands through art and design. This serves as groundwork to develop more conceptual work – which extends beyond his career and his passion for ceramics.

Creative clay making has always been James’ passion from a very young age, where he started out by dabbling in air-dry paper clay. His earliest education of ceramics came from an experienced local potter, Yeow Seng Cheah and international potter, Margaret Fenn. He has also traveled to Fitzroy Falls, Australia to pot with Neil Boughton, who currently specializes in lusterwares. During his time there, he experimented with different raku methods using luster glazes. He has also attended Ceramics Conventions at Gulgong, Australia in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

In April 2008, he traveled to Australia for his first artist in residency at Quixotica: an artist space inspired and set up by Rowley Drysdale, a distinguished potter and artist from Queensland. There he developed new ideas and direction for his creations and with various firing techniques, like the Ogama kiln.

In September 2009, James and four other Malaysians were chosen by Ayala Museum to represent Malaysia for the first South East Asian Ceramic Festival in the Philippines. And in May 2012, he was awarded a grant by the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, representing the nation to create and showcase his works for a permanent museum in FLICAM, Fuping, China for the 2nd South East Asia Ceramic Conference. His works are also showcased in a permanent collection of ceramic museums in A’lcora, Spain and Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Canada.

In 2013 he was invited to Medicine Hat in Canada as a guest artist for a cultural exchange program where he presented his ceramic work within a Malaysian context. In September 2014, his work was exhibited in the Workhouse Gallery in Washington D.C.

2015, James was involved in introducing artists from ASEAN countries to collaborate in the Kohler Bold Art Exhibition, where one artist representing one country was picked and commissioned to produce two art pieces each for the exhibit. The exhibition started in Bangkok and is a travelling exhibition though Southeast Asia.

Recently, he was also actively involved in a public art installation for an awareness campaign to domestic violence for WAO. He conceptualised and brought the campaign to life which resulted in several media features.

CV

1970 Born in Kuala Lumpur
Exhibitions
2015 Art Expo Malaysia
Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre, Malaysia
WAO Public Art Installation
Publika and Garden Shopping Centres, Malaysia
Kohler Bold Art Exhibition 2015
Gaysorn Shopping Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Young Art Taipei
Sheraton Grande, Taipei
Affordable Art Fair
F1 Pit Building, Singapore
2014 Singapore Art Fair 2014
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Earth and Fire, The 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhibit.
Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, Virginia, USA
Selsius – USM International Ceramic Festival
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Daydream Exhibition
ChinaHouse, Penang, Malaysia
2013 Ceramic Top 40 Exhibition (Spoon Project) at Ferrin Contemporary
Red Star Gallery, Kansas City, USA
SEXSE Exhibition
Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics

Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora Exhibition
L’Alcora, Spain
2012 Clay Unity, The 2nd South East Asia Ceramic Conference/Exhibition
Fuping, China
FUTAO Gallery Exhibition
Xi’an, China
2011 Fire & Earth Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Gallery, Malaysia
2010 Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora Exhibition
L’Alcora, Spain
International Tiger Teapot Exhibition
Shanghai, China
International Modern Pot Art Biennial Exhibition
Shanghai, China
ICMEA Emerging Artist Exhibition
Fuping, China
2009 The Contemporary Ceramic Asia Ceramic Networks 09
Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia
Art in Clay Exhibition
Badan Warisan, KL, Malaysia
Noosa Gallery
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Quixotica Gallery
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
2007 Asian Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
Asia Ceramics Network

Malaysian National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2006 The Contemporary Ceramic Asia Ceramic Networks 09
Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia
Potraiture by 13 Artists Exhibition
Badan Warisan, KL, Malaysia
Sentuhan Tembikar Exhibition
Kraftangan Malaysia, Craft Complex, KL, Malaysia
Selsius USM
Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition

Putrajaya, Malaysia
2005 Selsius Exhibition
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Group Show
Bon Ton Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia
2004 The Making of Art Exhibition
Alliance Francaise, Penang, Malaysia
Artwork Collection
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Canada
l’Alcora Ceramic Museum, Spain
South East Asia Museum, Fuping, China
Kraftangan Malaysia
and Private Collection
Residencies
2013 Medalta International Artist in Residence Program, Canada
2012 FLICAM, Fuping, China
2008 Quixotica, Brisbain, Australia

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CONTACT

james.seet@gmail.com

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