KOTA KINABALU: The Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 has been a blessing in disguise for Professor Dr Wilson Yong, the President of Sabah Institute of Art (SIA).
It was during the MCO that Dr Wilson has been most productive and produced 170 Chinese Ink paintings between March and June, this year.
And out of the 170 paintings produced, 10 of his works were selected for the “Outstanding Chinese Artists on World Stamps” and will be used in six countries. They are France, Germany, Portugal, Austria and Estonia.
Normally, Dr Wilson’s busy schedule disallows him from doing the hobby he loves best: painting.
“In a normal year, I would produce around 20 to 30 paintings a year,” he said.
Fortunately, the MCO allowed him time to pursue his hobby once more.
“During the MCO, you cannot go out. You have to stay home all the time. You cannot even go to the office. So I started painting,” he said.
His favourite topics in his artwork are flowers and sceneries.
Most of his paintings features scenes that one could find in Sabah and in China. His works are quite popular among art collectors from outside Malaysia and Sabah.
“People here do not value art so much. But outside of the country, people think of art as a form of investment,” he said.