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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Dr. Sulaiman Esa

The Malaysian Government put forward its Islamisation programme by which of imploring the inculcation of Islamic values in various facets of the Malay/Muslim existence in 1982. Although the modernist artists had utilised motifs from Islamic calligraphy much earlier, it was to be that until the 1980s that Islam boldly emerged to the fore of Malaysian Modern Art. Hence the emergence of Dr. Sulaiman Esa, who through his relentless quest for an inherent and innate aesthetic, rejected secular, internationalist and multicultural frames and called for a strict adherence to Islamic fundamentals in the production of contemporary art. Dr. Sulaiman has championed the application of Islamic principles in his contemporary idiom both in his work and his polemics. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Sulaiman's artistic delving were purely in abstract form, integrating Islamic geometry with unmistakable Malay traditional crafts in a commendable attempt to remould modernism and post modernism within the sanctity of Islam and within the realms of the increasing influence of Malay nationalism

Subject: Spiritual
Style: Post Modern
Medium: Mixed Media
Type: Fine Art
Size: 75 x 48.5cm

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