Ilham Gallery

A few weekends back I decided to visit Ilham Gallery in KL thanks to a friends recommendation. I didn’t know about it previously (to be honest I don’t know much about museums in KL and I am ashamed of this) so it definitely spurred me to go. Between you and me, ever since I got back to KL for good in 2013 I have consciously decided to be on a mission to get to know my city and country better. I obviously haven’t seen everything yet, which is a good thing because it means I still have new things to discover on weekends!

So Ilham Gallery is inside Ilham Tower…right opposite Troika really. When I got there I realised I had been driving past this building without realising what it was. It made me realise that perhaps I should show more curiosity.

It’s a relatively new place. I actually don’t know if they’ve opened any offices there but I do hear there is a Sky Terrace dinning. So I might head back!


I was particularly interested to go because I heard the current exhibition is showcasing the work of my mum’s good friends’ father: Dato Hoessein Enas – a renowned Indonesian born artist who pioneered portraiture art in Malaysia. The gallery featured many of his portraitures of important Malaysian figures post-independence. Did you know that he was conferred ‘Royal Portrait Painter’ by DYMM Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah in 1990?

“I am interested in people – people as human beings – and I try to capture the innermost feelings of those who impress me”Dato Hoessein Enas

Here’s me checking out my favourite painting in the room – a portrait of his 3 daughters, the one in orange being my mum’s good friend. Asides my appreciation for oil portraiture, I also admire the affection that can be shown in painting your loved ones.

Do check it out if you’re in KL! This exhibition is till 31 December 2015.

Feel free to comment :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s