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PIPE UP:Suhaidi Razi conveys his thoughts and feelings in paintings, collages, sculptures and installations

SUHAIDI Razi is showcasing his artworks in different styles and media at Galeri Chandan.

The artist translates his obsession with the arts into amazing artwork in a solo exhibition called Dream Pipes.

Suhaidi decodes his thoughts and feelings in paintings, collages, sculptures and installations.

At first glance, you might think that the 30 works in the exhibition are by different artists.

Amazingly, he completed all his artworks within eight months.

These unique artworks represent Suhaidi's reflections on human existence, the mysteries of the world and the  progress of humanity.

"My works have a more contemporary feel as I often mix the elements of nature and industrial media.

"Other elements utilised in my works include natural and recycled objects.

"I combine various art media to present a tactile and unexpected representation of painting, sculpture and printmaking," said the 35-year-old.

Suhaidi graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) with a Master of Arts in Fine Art Technology.

Suhaidi, who hails from Machang, Kelantan, believes that he "inherited" the passion for the arts from his father and grandfather.

"I have had a deep interest in the arts since I was a child. During my childhood days in Kelantan, I was fascinated by nature which was the starting point and has a strong influence on my art making," said the father of three.

Initially, he conveyed his thoughts on paintings. In 1997, his paintings were showcased in his first solo exhibition at Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Sarawak.

"My next solo exhibition was in 2002 in Kuala Lumpur. That was the last exhibition before I made a comeback last year.

"My previous works revolved around landscapes and natural elements. As I grow as an artist, I am constantly challenging myself to  try something different

"After six years of research, I finally came up with the idea to produce art in various forms.

"My expression came from introducing distortion into real objects," he said.

Suhaidi is also known for his skills in carving. His sculptures are unique, strong and loud.

This is demonstrated in sculptures like The Spiral Machine 1, The Spiral Machine 2 and Mutants,  which are made of metals and fibreglass.

Another remarkable display is a robot-like statue made of the same substances called "The Guard".

His oil on canvas pieces such as Last One Standing, In My Studio, The Dream of Flight, Evolute Shell 1 and Evolute Shell 2 are astonishing.

Inspired by nature and experience, he also includes farm animals in his artworks, in canvas pieces called Sheep and the Crow and Drawing Studies and Ideas.

He has even painted the images of cow and sheep on pillows on pieces called Flying in the Rain and Sheep and the Flying Sausage.

Flying Goat, an art installation shows a goat being lifted by a helium blimp.

Bring Me to the Moon, another installation piece in various media, is also noteworthy.

The exhibition ends on Friday.

Galeri Chandan is at 15 ,Jalan Gelenggang, Bukit Damansara. For details, call  03-2095 5360.

Suhaidi Razi and the art installation ‘Bring Me to the Moon’.

The artist’s work on canvas.

Oil on canvas ‘The Dream of Flight’. Pix by Syarafiq Abd Samad

‘The Spiral Machine’ made of fibreglass and metal.

‘The Flying Goat’.


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