Wednesday, September 21, 2011


There will be an opening of a show featuring recent paintings by 4 artists including yours truly. Do join us at ARTI Gallery in Desa Melawati on the 22nd of September 2011, Thursday at 8pm. See you there!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Those were the days

I have come across some old slides of my paintings from a student years 10 years back (10 years..... like it was last month) and it was all for the final year assessment. The famous 'Degree Show'. Looking back at it, I can say that I'm proud of myself because of the amout of persistence and preparation in the making of these works are absurd. I can't even believe I could be that patience now. It was 'image-making' process that makes my sanity intact. I always interested in how images are made. The 'close'st relevant reference that i can get to is of course the great Chuck Close, a photo-realist portrait painter. So basically my final year project was about his technique and how it can be applied to images other than portraits. I'm relieved that I didn't go over the formalistic compound when I presented it as opposed to explaining the meaning behind the paintings that will end up screwing my main intention. For academic requirement, students should be able came out with an artist statement. So I came out with simply ...'we need certain distance to be able to see something'... and name all of my paintings 'Imaging-#' which is how this blog name came about.

Among these works are the earlier phase of my final year which focused on image of an animals, gridded and determine the collective colour on each boxes. A sort of reverse-engineer process of computerized pixelation. A great help to learn about how things work. This work end up missing.
Oil on canvas

The later phase of the year, I tried to eliminate the single object dominance of an image that would've been a 'give away' to the spectator. So I chose to paint an image of a landscape. The first one I did was a smaller piece, probably less than 2'x3', but it took me a month to finished it and the one that amazed me. Sadly this work end up being stolen right after the exhibition is over. If anybody seen it somewhere, please get in touch.
Oil on canvas

Oil on canvas

The rest of it are rather large 5'x5' paintings. One goes to the obligatory collection of UiTM's Art & Design Faculty Gallery. All of these original paintings are not with me now. All I have left is their images...... if you can call that ironic.
Oil on canvas

Oil on canvas

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

More D.I.Ys (8 x 10 camera)

I remember when I was younger, toys and action figures has been phenomenon since there were flocks of good cartoons those days such as Thundercats, Silverhawks, Ghostbusters etc. I was about 8-9 when toy companies came out with alluring advertisment. The only toy I had was Jack Hammer from the cartoon M.A.S.K. which was a prize I got from a Trebor contest. The rest, from Starcom to Ninja turtles with parachute, I did it myself.

Till these days, being sort of photo junkie although my equipments is fairly basic, I envied those who got bagful of gizmos and gadgets. It'll make my life so much easier with those but then it also makes me less thinking about progressing. Anyways, my latest project I've done recently was building a large format camera with full tilt & shift capability. There's still lacking here and there but it works fine for my way of using it. My first attempt was a self portrait below. It'll be hard to focus a subject when the subject is behind the camera. So these are some of the pictures took with my DIY 8x10. I just love the super shallow depth it can produce. Great for portraits.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kembara Life Drawing UiTM Melaka June 2011

Managed to do 2 drawings for 2 lighting of the day

Rohaizad Shaari doing landscape

Model Sitting

Amron Omar with his oil pastel

Having a vanity moment with the model

Amron Omar giving a brief talk about techniques of drawing

Yusri, the gallery owner receiving a souvenir for the program

Recently I was asked to join in a 'Live Drawing' road trip to UiTM Melaka branch by ARTI Gallery. It was in Sg. Petani Kedah before this. The trip brought some prominent visual artists in Malaysia namely Amron Omar - a leading figure artist, Rohaizad Shaari - a watercolor artist recently did his 3rd solo at ARTI Gallery, Rosli Mat - a portrait artist who has spent his career as resident artist in 'Fantasi' Magazine in the 90's. The trip is a joint collaboration of ARTI Gallery and UiTM to get back to basic of drawings and gives the students an eye opener. The gallery planned to do a tour around Malaysia and thus to nurture a vast talents in youngsters specifically.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Shoot with Search

Cool week! Got a chance to shoot with the legendary rock band 'Search'! Awesome dudes. Thanks to brother Nasir, bassist extraordinaire for his warm welcome although it's not part of their schedule and to all the living legends, Amy, Din, Kid and Yazid for their hospitalities. You guys the best! To Kirin, arigato....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Beautiful People

Acrylic on canvas

The Golden Book
Acrylic on canvas

There will be an art exhibition held at Core Design Gallery in Subang Jaya themed 'Beautiful People' on the 5th December 2010 at 8pm. This group exhibition comprises a work by 11 artists including yours truly^^. Besides the exhibition, visitors will be entertained by small laid back music performance. Its NOT going to be boring so see you there!!

This exhibition will be on until 22nd Dec 2010
Core Design Gallery
87, Jalan SS15/2A Subang Jaya
47500, Selangor, Malaysia
(Opposite of Carrefour Subang Jaya)
Tel : 03-56334348 (Sue)