DIVERSE: A selection of eclectic artworks is on show at ChinaHouse Artspace
GEORGE TOWN : THIS is one exhibition not to be missed by art lovers and aficionados.
A selection of diverse contemporary artworks, in an eclectic mix of styles and subjects, are currently on show at ChinaHouse Artspace 1 & 2 on 153/155 Lebuh Pantai.
Titled Selected Top Malaysian Contemporary Artists Exhibition, it ends on Thursday.
Exciting, teasing, bold and intellectual, the 15 artists from different backgrounds and disciplines but each in their own right, are leaving a special mark in the Malaysian contemporary art scene.
Organised by ChinaHouse and Kuala Lumpur-based Galeri Chandan, Penang has the honour of being the first state to feature all these outstanding artists under one roof.
The 15 artists include Ahmad Zakii Anwar, whose photo-realist paintings and drawings display great control, be they in oil or charcoal. Abu Bakar Idris displays natural forms drawing from plants and flowers illustrating the beauty of God's creations, while Anuar Rashid's grand paintings fuse Islamic calligraphy with natural form.
Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zubir works allude to Islamic art and architecture while juggling abstract and pattern-making using materials like fabrics and modelling paste to create interesting life-like textures.
"These are only some of the top artists in the country, the young generation of artists who will make an impact globally in the near future," said Galeri Chandan owner Mohd Nazli Abdul Aziz who put the exhibition together.
"Art is not something static, and these featured artists respond to what they feel and contemplate in thought. These works are narratives reproduced through their works in intellectual form. It is also seen as an evolution of the Malaysian art scene, a sort of slide show from the past to the present. Artists in their prime show a great deal of maturity, creativity and mental understanding, and come out with a plethora of unique techniques and styles."
The roll of honour continues with mixed-media artist and painter Fauzin Mustafa who creates highly tactile works that include abstract and natural imageries while Hasnul Jamal Saidon constructs pictures that take advantage of relationships between varying imageries that tend to display a collage-like appearance.
Matahati member Ahmad Shukri Mohamed creates challenging works that include an eclectic combination of unique techniques and materials. The less dominant form, sculpture, is also represented by diverse material investigations and methods of production.
Innovative sculptural works by Raja Shariman Raja Aziddin, Ramlan Abdullah and Umibaizurah Mahir@Ismail create pieces of varying scales and structures.
Rafiee Ghani displays playful organic shapes and brushstrokes which create semi-abstract visuals while expressive figurative and abstract imageries are also dominant in the works of Awang Damit Ahmad and Suzlee Ibrahim.
Social and cultural issues are incorporated in the mark-making techniques of Jailani Abu Hassan and, last but not least, Masnoor Ramli Mahmud, another member of Matahati, whose works express political dark humour in the form of video art.
ChinaHouse is open daily from 10am to midnight. For details, call 04-263 7299 or visit www.chinahouse.com.my.