Monday October 23, 2006
The women of their lives
Story and photos by GEETHA KRISHNAN
CELEBRATING the women in their lives is the goal of artists involved in the Women: Beauty & Truth group art exhibition.
Currently at the MTDC Multimedia Academy Gallery in Serdang, the exhibition brought together 10 artists of various ages and ethnicities.
Some are participating in the exhibition for the first time, while others have had solo and group exhibition experiences.
Veterans in the field are Hassan Abu Bakar, better known as HasBak, and Mohamed Abdullah, popularly known as Mat Dollah.
The exhibition comprises a line-up of 20 paintings from the realism, cubism and semi-abstract genre, while the artists opted for acrylic, oil, batik, collage and ceramic sculpture mediums.
“The Sense of Beauty” is Felice Koay’s only entry, marking her foray into exhibitions.
If she hadn’t bumped into gallery curator Faizal Sidik, Koay wouldn't have submitted her entry.
Interestingly, Koay, who is almost 40, is the only female artist in the exhibition.
Besides displaying their paintings at the exhibition, Zazlan Zeeha and Alfarizan Supiee have another thing in common – they are currently lecturing at the Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology in Cyberjaya.
Zazlan’s view of women as intriguing beings has goaded him to paint the fairer sex as shrouded in an aura of mystery. The title, “Confuse Them?”, is also telling.
There are threads of similarities between Mat Dollah’s “The Balinese Woman” and Sahrila’s “The Secret.”
The batik on canvas highlight ethnic women caught in a dance-like pose.
Another batik-on-canvas student, Bangladeshi S.M. Sagor, has drawn Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai. Her striking beauty is expertly drawn on canvas for “The Cogitation.”
HasBak’s semi-abstract “The Mystic & Oriental Touches” features several feminine faces in the act of blending in, denoting the thin line between Oriental magic and mysticism.
Women: Beauty & Truth is on until Oct 29 at the MTDC Multimedia Academy Gallery, Block K, UPM-MTDC Technology Incubation Centre 1, Serdang. For more details, call 03-8941 4626.