John Young: 1866: The Worlds of Lowe Kong Meng and Jong Ah Siug - Art Collector

John Young, LKM (Blue), Summer 2015, oil on linen, 156 x 126cm. Courtesy: the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

In this richly evocative exhibition, John Young masterfully unites the poignant lives of two unlikely men: Lowe Kong Meng, a multi-lingual, educated merchant traveller from Penang, and Jong Ah Siug, a simple illiterate miner from Zhongshan, Southern China.

Having both arrived in Victoria in the mid-1800s to seek their fortunes during the gold rush, Lowe Kong Meng later rose to become a member of the colony’s powerful elite, while Jong Ah Siug was condemned to 33 years of incarceration in lunatic asylums up until his death. A century and a half later, Young gently renders the histories of these two migrant men with starkly disparate fates through a series of abstract paintings, works on paper and two intricate embroideries.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Thursday 12 March 2015
Exhibition closes: 11 April 2015
Location: ARC ONE Gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: 03 9650 0589

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