Chan Kok Hooi

Georgetown, Penang

2007 | “Imitating…”, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA.

2008 | Photo Store, a local photo store in Feijiacun Village, Laiguangying East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China. (Supported by Red Gate Gallery International Artists Residency Program)

2010 | I See(k) You: Recent works by Chan Kok Hooi, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur

2012 | Sell Out, Art Seasons, Singapore



1992 | Full Scholarship Art Award, Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2006 | Juror’s Award, The Young Contemporaries Art Competition ’06, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2007 |  Grant Recipient – ABN AMRO Malihom Artist-in-residence Programme of Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia | Freeman Foundation Asian Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Centre


  • His paintings propose an alternate “absolute reality”, held up as a dark and disturbing mirror of our own
  • Applies a masterful realist technique to imagery drawn from the banal everyday, graphic and pop aesthetics to create often science fiction-like scenarios complete with their own perplexing narrative and moral logic
  • His references are often sexual and scatological, digging into the deeper recesses of the contemporary psyche



2013 Nov | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers Malaysian & Southeast Asian Art Auction | Remembrance Of Your Smile (Old Photo Series: MSN Messenger) | acrylic on jute, 2007 (61cm x 76.5cm), RM12,100

2013 Nov | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers Malaysian & Southeast Asian Art Auction | Young Mammary Mother & Child | acrylic on paper, 2007 (50cm x 64.5cm), RM14,300

2015 October | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers| Young Mammary Mother in Winter, 2007 | acrylic on paper (66.5cm x 52.5cm), RM20,289.60