Wobbly Sabi: A Solo Exhibition by James

Bangkok, 8 September 2020—Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA-KL) is pleased to announce Malaysian artist James Seet’s (b. 1970) solo exhibition in Malaysia. Wobbly Sabi is scheduled to run from 17 Sep – 3 Oct 2020 at Richard Koh Fine Art, No. 34-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The artist will present 18 new ceramic pieces in his 2nd solo exhibition with Richard Koh Fine Art.


In Wobbly Sabi, Seet draws inspiration from the traditional Japanese aesthetics of wabi-sabi, a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The works in the show exude roughness, simplicity, modesty and most importantly, they come together as a homage to the ingenuous integrity of clay, and as a medium of contemplation for the artist. As stated by Seet, “I worked with it up to a point and then, let go, inviting it to shape itself to reveal a far more compelling aesthetic truth than I ever could.” Rather than striving for perfection, Seet allows the natural forces of gravity and time to shape and finalize the clay, consciously aware of the necessary limited intervention of the artist’s hand.



James Seet (b. 1970, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is a pioneer in the advertising field in Malaysia with over two decades of experience. In this time, he had carved himself a niche as an advertising creative with insight for creating art within the realm of advertising design. He particularly excelled at conceptualizing 2D imaginations into 3D presentations. This served as an entry point for him into ceramics. His earliest education in ceramics came from an experienced local potter, Yeow Seng Cheah and international potter, Margaret Fenn. He also travelled to Fitzroy Falls, Australia to pot with Neil Boughton, who specializes in lustrewares.


Seet has represented Malaysia in various ceramic festivals, international conferences & exhibitions including the 2nd South East Asia Ceramic Conference, in FLICAM, Fuping, China in 2012. His works are collected by several international collections including the ceramic museums in A’lcora, Spain and Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics Canada.




Founded in 2005, with spaces in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore, Richard Koh Fine Art is committed to the promotion of Southeast Asian contemporary art on regional and international platforms. Centred around a core belief in developing an artist’s career, the gallery looks to identify understated, albeit promising practices, and providing it opportunities to flourish. Through its regular exhibition cycles, print & digital publications and cross-border gallery collaborations, Richard Koh Fine Art engages the art community with the aim of developing regional and intercultural dialogue.


For further information about the exhibition, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Low at +6016 217 5112 or the gallery at info@rkfineart.com / +6 03 2095 3300.


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James Seet

Sabi no. 7


Ceramics 23 x 35 x 23cm


James Seet

Sabi no. 8


Ceramics 29 x 44 x 29 cm


James Seet

Sabi no. 13


Ceramics 27 x 13 x 25 cm



James Seet

Sabi no. 14


Ceramics 31 x 17 x 29 cm

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