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Friday, May 06, 2005

Latiff Mohidin

Two Standing Figures

Two Standing Figures

Latiff Mohidin

<>Nationality: Malaysian
Year: 1968
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 88 x 66 cm

Latiff Mohidin
Latiff was born in 1941. He is Malaysia's most celebrated living artist and poet and is considered a national treasure. Called 'Boy Wonder' since age 11, he got his art training in Germany at Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Atelier La Courriere in France and Pratt Graphic Centre in America. He shaped the development of art practise and literature through his extraordinary vision.

Ahmad Zakii Anwar

Interpreter of Desires: Ahmad Zakii Anwar

‘room with figure’, 2001, Acrylic on linen, 120 x 180 cm

‘room with figure’, 2001, Acrylic on linen, 120 x 180 cm

‘nine thoughts’, 2003, Acrylic on jute, 67 x 200 cm

‘nine thoughts’, 2003, Acrylic on jute, 67 x 200 cm

‘wayang larut malam 2’, 2003, Acrylic on jute, 67 x 200 cm

‘wayang larut malam 2’, 2003, Acrylic on jute, 67 x 200 cm

Please tell us about your creative process. For example, what frame of mind do you have to be in?

AZA: I think momentum is more important than frame of mind. The thought of a painting in the studio awaiting completion is a great motivator. Normally if a painting is already underway I can paint in whatever mood I'm in. Once I start I will be totally absorbed. But starting a new piece is something else. There's a lot of hesitation and doubt initially, so it's best to just sort of bang away. If I think too much, I'm never going to start. When an idea hits me (or even half an idea), I start work on it immediately.

What happens if the finished painting is not what you have seen in your mind's eye?

AZA: An artist might have a vision before he begins; but once the painting is taking shape he must be sensitive enough to recognize the signals the canvas is sending. I rarely finish a painting 100% the way I intended. Ideas change along the way. The painting might lead you to unexpected areas.

You act and the canvas reacts; the canvas acts and you react. It's like a dance; sometimes you lead and the other times your partner leads. But sometimes, when the stars are aligned right, artist and canvas are cosmically in tune. At such times, every stroke seems perfect. When idea and execution are in total harmony, a painting is finished quickly and the result is immensely satisfying. But such times are rare. Most times it takes a bit of sweat to get things right.

You have produced a substantial body of work and are an artist who can pursue new directions. What inspires you?

AZA: Difficult to say. Inspiration is such a misused word. I would say that I am inspired by life. But specifically, as a realist I am interested in forms and most importantly its essence. The relationship between various forms provides the basis for my work. I often see the painting in my mind before I start. It is this vision that I trust rather than the idea behind it.

Instinct is a powerful tool. It is the subconscious hinting. Although the motivation behind it can be unclear, the compulsion to create overwhelms reason. I find that too much intellectualisation before starting work results in self-censorship. The battle should be on the canvas, not in the mind. The reasoning behind a body of works becomes clearer much later after most of the works have been done.

In your latest work we can see that you are returning to the theme of an earlier series entitled Meditations, could you tell us what fascinates you about disguises and identities?

AZA: My interest in masks triggered the Meditations series. I started this series in 1998 and have worked on it periodically between other series for the last few years. It concerns Man's search for his true identity behind the various masks he wears throughout the course of his life.

It is only recently that I have managed to partially resolve it. The early works in the series were an exploration into man's inner psyche. This path has led to the present chapter in the series, which addresses the question of divinity.

The progression is natural. Unravelling the intricate layers of man's nature ultimately leads to metaphysical examinations. The relationship between the creator and his creation forms the basis for this query.

‘trio’, 1998, Acrylic on canvas. 69 x 206 cm, 3 panels
‘trio’, 1998, Acrylic on canvas. 69 x 206 cm, 3 panels

Zaharuddin Sarbini

Was born in Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia on 14 April 1966 and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology in Malaysia.

A diversion from his trained profession, he has always been interested in art since he was a child at school in the 70's. His passion for painting fruit is so deep that today he is known as one of the pioneer artists using fruit as a subject matter.

Zaharuddin has had more than 50 exhibitions todate and has won 2 awards - the Initiative Young Artist Award from the Shah Alam Gallery in 1966, and an Honourable Mention from the National Art Gallery in 1997. 'Jambu Air' was awarded Painting of the Year in 1998 by a panel for the Anugerah Gallery. It was then brought to London and Paris to be exhibited there.

Mat Dollah Batik

There is no stopping Mat Dollah when executing his work. A piece of cloth has to go through rigorous process that uniquely his. From dotted, lined and cracked with wax to various color application techniques, the images he created seem to emerge from inside the art piece.
Don't be surprised if he repeats the whole process again and again-that's what separates Mat Dollah's batik from the traditional. But of
course, those are only technical. As an art work piece, Mat Dollah's work are bold. His choice of 'fire' colors-mad reds and naked yellows-represents discrete individuality. Yet within the same frames are also surreal images of local tradition, myth and modernity. In contras to colors, Mat Dollah's subjects are deeply communal and not at all solitary. In his work, Malay legends and the reality of present political culture exist side by side. What can we say to such unique and refreshing combinations?. Be still and enjoy....

Ibrahim Hussein

"To me, painting is like praying. When I paint, I am dealing with my heart, my work and God. There is deep joy and gratitude. Each piece frames a moment in my life."

Yusuf Ghani

"I remember his first solo at Citra (Gallery) in 1989. It was highly successful. The response was tremendous." - Julinda Tay, Citra Gallery, Malaysia.

"We never show artists who are just out of school, but with Yusof we did, and it was a very well received show." - Gail Enns, Anton Gallery Owner, Washington, D.C.

Topeng Series.

Originally a graphic artist in Malaysia between 1969 to 1979, Yusof's transition to fine arts started when he received a government grant to study graphic arts at George Mason University, Virginia, in 1979. It was there that he met Walter Kravitz, a professor in painting, who introduced him to fine arts.
He soon became interested in the works of American Abstract Expressionists - Pollock and de Kooning. And after receiving the Dr. Burt Amanda Scholarship for the most outstanding student of art, Yusof took classes in fine arts and eventually graduated with a Bachelor's degree. He then continued to work for a Master's Degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and met Professor Wayang/Play
Wayang Series.
Tom Nakashima who taught him the finer points in painting.

After he completed his Master's degree, he had his first solo exhibition at the prestigous Anton Gallery in Washington, D.C. His "Protest" series, which protested the U.S. intervention in Nicaragua and El Salvador at that time, was well received and even drew rave review from Washington Post's art critic - Jo Ann Lewis.

Upon returning to Malaysia, Yusof continued to work with a series of collections called "Tari" (Dance), "Topeng" (Mask), "Wayang" (Play), and most recently - "Hijau" (Green). Since then, he has had successful exhibitions in Singapore, San Francisco, London, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, Tokyo, Madrid, and off course - Malaysia. His collectors are from all over the world.

Yusof Ghani is currently a fine arts instructor at the University Technology MARA, in Malaysia.


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