The art scene in Kota Kinabalu has been growing over the years, today there are over 70 talented local artists in Sabah registered under the Arts Society. Many of them are self thought or have taken workshops and
|A bojau lady dancing by Daiman Bona.|
There are currently two venues where you can view and purchase these paintings. At the Gaya street market on Sundays and Laman Seni which is located at the Wisma Budaya building along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman . This is open daily except for Sundays . Every Sunday morning, a group of dedicated local artist will set up their
|Azlan Dulikab resident artist at the house of Myuri.|
The Laman Seni was developed by the ministry of Culture to provide local artist with the opportunity to display their art for sale . Rental of the shop lots are at a minimum and the hope was to set up an artist colony of sorts. Sad to say there are only about 3 or 4 shops that are open on a daily basis here. The Miyuri House of Art
|A trio of Artist at Gaya street.|
So if your in the market for a painting on Sabah, do stop by at the stalls at Leman Seni or Gaya street and take the opportunity to talk to the artist themselves, its always interesting to know some of the stories behind their paintings.
Text and photos by David de la Harpe