Keris

The Keris has always been culturally significant in Malay history. It holds a special place in royal courts, bringing the meaning of majesty, power and high rank. This special piece was presented by Kim Il Tae to honour Malaysia’s monarch and culture at GOLD-A-Heart charity dinner in 2017. Guest of honour for that night was…

Golden Key

Kim presented a golden key that has an ancient quality to it, enveloping an aura that is aged but timeless. The concept of this work questions a life-long philosophy of finding the key to happiness. Humans are always looking externally for wealth & treasure, making finding the key to happiness one of mankind’s most elusive…

Horse

In traditional Chinese culture, horses have always been regarded as an auspicious symbol. Kim Il Tae has painted the golden horses’ elegant temperament, liveliness and high spiritedness in such a realistic and delicate way that highlighted the horse’s noble character. In Chinese, there is a saying “一马当先” that means taking the lead; Signifying victory, flourishing…

Mother’s Love

Mother’s love is a kind of love that is the purest and most unconditional of all. A mother’s sacrifice for her child is always unselfish, enduring and of deep devotion. It reminds us of warmth, protection and a thousand wonderful things. We are all blessed to have our mothers who borne us to experience this…

Turtle Bright

Ancient China called turtle “Xuan Wu”, in the four major auspicious beasts, tortoise is the most spiritual. Since ancient times, the image of tortoise has been seen for auspicious and longevity. As tortoise is divine, golden tortoise symbolizes longevity, health and wealth. 古代称龟为玄武,龟在四大瑞兽中,是最祥瑞之灵。自 古以来龟在我们心目中的形象一直被定位于吉祥、长寿 。因此龟是神性之物。黄金龟是寿星的象征,一般黄金 龟是希望你能够健康,长命百岁。

Pumpkin

Pumpkins are one of the oldest domesticated plants, having been around since 7,500 to 5,000 B.C. It is native to North America and is culturally a symbol of abundance associated to Thanksgiving feast. Usually bright orange in colour, pumpkins are akin to natural wealth of the earth, believed to have absorbed energy from the ground…

Koi Fish

Koi fish has always been associated with good fortune and luck. It is known for swimming against the current and overcoming great obstacles, favoured as having courage and perseverance. Its color and beauty is also exquisite and widely admired, making it highly valuable and a prized possession. Koi can grow to be very large and…

Praying Hand

Religion and spirituality are both matters that have always been close to humanity’s heart. Regardless of a person’s belief, most humans accept that there is an energy or source that is greater than ourselves. Some would call it God; some would call it the ultimate source creator. Putting our hands together is a form of…