ART: Strokes of hope

One hotel takes the lead to make art accessible to all, writes Kerry-Ann Augustin

HIS messy mane and silver beard are not just a trademark look. There’s something sophisticated about his scruffiness that demands your attention almost immediately.

Clad in a dark blue batik shirt decorated with his signature elephant motif, he extends a hand and introduces himself: “I’m Yusof Gajah.”

In truth, an artist of his calibre needs no introduction. The country’s principal painter has been at the forefront of the nation’s naive art scene, although he never brands himself as a naive painter.

“I call myself an artist who just loves painting elephants,” the Negri Sembilan native once said. But today he is playing the role of mentor rather than master of his craft. Working hand in hand with Seri Pacific Hotel as advisor for a

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