This painting with its root in the Kenyah “tree of life” motif, depicts the coexistence between the jungle, its animals and us human beings for our joint survival. Typically done in black and white, Mathew decided to use a mix of colours to illustrate the vibrancy of life from the uncomplicated, yet intricate perspective of indigenous communities.
Mathew Ngau Jau is one of Malaysia’s remaining Living National Heritage. He is a Kenyah Ngorek from Long Semiyang, Baram (Sarawak).
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