Alex Leong, a Penang-based watercolour artist, has dedicated himself to his art for over 20 years, building a portfolio that catalogues rapturous, vivid scenes of local life. Leong’s talent was recognised in 1992 when he was awarded the prize for the Penang State Pesta Art for young talent in a major category. In 2003, he won the Han Chiang Association Watercolour Competition before he triumphed in the 1st Putrajaya National Watercolour Competition in 2006. Leong has participated in a litany of group exhibitions, with his first solo show in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. He was also inducted into the Penang Watercolour Society and the Malaysian Watercolour Society in the same year. However, the turning point in his career came in 2015, when he enjoyed wider acclaim at The Edge Auction and a successful solo exhibition named “Heritage Buildings in Exquisite Watercolours” that followed.