Wow, it’s been so long and it feels so good to be back from our hiatus. How are you? I hope you had an amazing time during the holidays and a very happy time ringing in the new year!
I’m really excited to kick off our returning episode in 2017 with a very special conversation that’s near and dear to me. I recorded an ‘interview’ with my Grandpa right around the time of my birthday last August (also right around the time of 88 Cups of Tea’s 1 year anniversary.) I’ve been saving our conversation for a special episode and I couldn’t think of a better time to finally release this!
I’m nervous as hell to share this as it’s very personal and intimate, and I raise some difficult questions, but I’m just as excited to tell a story that reveals our truths in an experimental medium of storytelling.
My Grandpa, Dr. Teng Beng Chew, is an artist, a scholar, and a pioneer from Malaysia who’s been paving the way with his inventive paper-making techniques and abstract paintings. As noted in the book “Modern Malaysian Art”, Dr. Chew is one of the artists who introduced new approaches into modern Malaysian art, which has influenced the style of modern Malaysian painting to this day.
He won the Fulbright-Hays scholarship to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and earned scholarships at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to pursue his Bachelors and Masters in fine art, both of which he remarkably completed in a year each before moving to New York for his PhD at NYU.
Dr. Chew is most widely renowned for pushing boundaries and is admired for his fearless dedication to experimenting with textures, materials, colors, and styles. Not only did he invent a progressive form of paper-making, he also developed what’s now a widely copied textural effect that looks like a water bubble. I attached a few samples of my Grandpa’s art work for you to have a look below- ranging from his oil paintings, to handmade paper, to the famous water bubble texture.
For someone who’s highly honored and respected for his life-long contribution to art, and helping to cultivate the art culture in his country, I admire my grandpa the most for his hunger and openness to continue learning and expanding his experiences as an artist. And overall for being such an awesome Grandpa to have heart-to-hearts with.
I’m excited for you to get a glimpse of how I am the person I am today by discovering a bit about my Grandpa and how he chooses to approach life. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about this episode on Twitter!
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- The 4 main components you need for a fulfilled life
- Dr. Chew’s philosophy of life as seen through an artist’s lens
- Why it’s crucial to find your own path in life
- How to live a meaningful life by contributing to society
- Why you should choose to leave your legacy in a way that benefits humanistic knowledge
Dr. Chew’s Paintings Held in Auction Houses, Collector’s Homes, or Museums