Aspiring artists, take note; Samsung has recently announced Masterpieces in Malaysia. A regional initiative from the Korean giants, Masterpieces is a digital art gallery that showcases works by contemporary artists from around the region, as well as an avenue for anyone to create works of art from their tablets.
Essentially, Masterpieces is an application that enables virtually anyone to share their digital works of art created with the power of the S Pen found in Samsung’s Galaxy Note series of smartphone and tablets. This gallery is curated by Iola Lenzi, a leading regional contemporary art curator, critic and writer. Selected works by students in digital form such as graphics, photos and videos created with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE will be featured as well.
Iola Lenzi has this to say about the Masterpieces digital art gallery by Samsung:
I see this as a potential platform for the burgeoning of artists in Malaysia and in the region, facilitating the growth of a visual arts canon in Southeast Asia. The big virtue of this project is that it does not limit art and offers a new experience for artists in the creation process. I’m pleasantly surprised by the capabilities of the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE and how artists have been able to think outside the box to create wonderful pieces with the help of technology.
Besides the digital app, Samsung has also opened an exclusive Masterpieces art gallery in Galeri Petronas in KLCC. Opened from now until December 21, there are currently 11 Malaysian artists that have their digital works on display at Galeri Petronas. The 11 artists are Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Al-Khuzairie Ali, Chi Too, Chris Chong, Jalaini Abu Hassan (Jai), Phuan Thai Meng, Poodien, Roslisham Ismail (Ise), Sherman Ong, Umibaizurah Mahir Ismail, and Zulfifli Yusoff. On top of that, Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets are also scattered about in the gallery, encouraging visitors to create their own art.
This digital art gallery is part of Samsung’s long-term commitment to encourage the growth of the digital art scene in Malaysia. While the Masterpieces app is available exclusively on Samsung Apps and Google Play, aspiring artists can also visit the Masterpieces website to check out the works of various artists in Southeast Asia.
The Masterpieces app is also available on Samsung Smart TVs and will be available on Smart TV Version 2.0 by Q1 2015. Watch the video below of the Singapore launch for a better understanding of Masterpieces.