Malaysian Artists Celebrate 125 Years Of History

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Page 1 : Datuk Lat, Cheeming Boey, Yap Hanzhen


As part of their 125th anniversary celebrations, Shell Malaysia commissioned 8 artists to create murals at selected Shell stations nationwide. Let’s take a look!


Datuk Lat

Title : The Royal Belum Rainforest

Address : Shell Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh, Perak

Malaysia is blessed with large expanses of tropical rainforests, such as the Royal Belum State Park which is one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions. Lat’s sketch is a tribute to nature, and a humorous take on visitors to the state park. He hopes to inspire Malaysians to appreciate the natural environment, and to travel locally so that they too can discover the many unique sights and sounds of the country.


Title : The Kampung Boy

Address : Shell Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

Dreams are powerful – they drive us to imagine the unthinkable and go beyond our normal limits. As a young boy living in the kampung, Lat was guided by his dreams, which included imaginary flights with friends and family in homemade box carts. This mural brings to life one of Lat’s many dreams, a nostalgic memory to illustrate the progressiveness of youth.

  • Malaysian artists - Datuk Lat 01
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Cheeming Boey

Title : Early TV

Address : Shell Guchil, Lebuhraya Gua Musang, Kelantan

The wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre) is one of the world’s great theatrical traditions. The dalang (puppet master) relies on an oil lamp, a cotton screen, and a handful of leather puppets to tell inspiring tales of faraway lands, battles of good against evil, and adventures of daring and triumph.

Malaysian artists - Cheeming Boey 01

Preceding television, wayang kulit was an important form of entertainment for the masses, and a platform for sharing key values such as strength, determination, and perseverance. Mesmerised by wayang kulit at the age of seven, Boey’s artwork pays homage to this tradition, and the master storytellers who continue to keep this unique tradition alive in Malaysia.


Yap Hanzhen

Title : Endangered Animals

Address : Shell Dungun 2, Dungun, Terengganu

Many species of Malaysian animals such as the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Orang Utan, Malayan Tiger, Leatherback Turtle and the Asian Elephant are at risk of extinction due to reasons such as poaching and habitat loss. Hanzhen created this artwork to highlight the importance of protecting our endangered animals.

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With a keen attention to detail, Hanzhen brings these animals to life using minute strokes, capturing the intricacies of the armour-like skin of the rhinoceros, to wrinkles on the elephant’s skin. It is hoped this mural will inspire Malaysians to do more for the environment, including protecting our wildlife for many generations to come.

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