It started with Chin Fatt’s love of art that led him to think of ways to run his own business. “I was a top scorer in art, and thought there was opportunity here to supply materials to art students and even professionals,” says this ex-student of St John’s Institution.
“If you do that, then who is going to buy from your shop? The overhead costs for any shopowner in Petaling Street is high.
The 84-year-old smiled when we told him that many people perceived Venus Art as one of the pioneers of innovative art techniques and inventions for the batik industry, as well as being a well-stocked supplier for art materials.
But, come May this year, it won’t be business as usual for Yap and his family as Venus Art and Stationery Sdn Bhd closes for good.
“My plans after May is to go fishing, relax and enjoy my leisure time.” He intends to spend more time with his seven grandchildren.
Venus Art has created a dozen art products that is used widely in national and international schools, as well as the textile industry.