Husin Hourmain – Visual artist - Malaysia
MyCreative Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (“MyCreative”) – sponsor
MYCREATIVE is a a government investment arm to spur Malaysia’s creative industry via strategic and innovative funding in a form of equity or debt investments. MyCreative, a wholly owned Company by the Minister of Finance Incorporated, invests in potential and viable Malaysian creative companies in achieving the following:
a) to boost the attractiveness of Malaysia’s creative industry measurable by job creation;
b) to increase gross income from Malaysia’s creative industry to significantly contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Products; and
c) to elevate the status of Malaysia’s creative industry via public awareness and social impact.
To enforce such aspiration, MyCreative presents to you the works of the following artists:
Born in 1963, Husin was encouraged by his father, a journalist and lasting influence on his life, to study graphic design at the Malaysia Institute of Art in 1982. Until 2001 he worked in Advertising as an Art Director, but subsequently quit to concentrate on his dream of being a full time painter. In 2003 he restarted his life as it were as Husin Hourmain, the fine artist.
Husin had witnessed a gallery rejecting a painting by one of his peers for the inclusion of Jawi (Malaysianised Arabic Lettering), and advised the artist to erase the Islamic overtone for fear the work would be unsalable. This did not sit well with the religious Husin. He objected to the rejection of the Islamic influence, especially given the contemporary Islamic setting of modern Malaysian. Husin felt there was a growing awareness of religion amongst the younger generation of Malaysians, and a desire to balance tradition with the modern way of life in the twenty-first century. Husin duly immersed himself in the study of Jawi calligraphy. As the Malay race gain ever increasing cultural and economic relevance so the popularity of contemporary calligraphic paintings has demonstrably risen.
Md Fadli Yusoff – Visual artist - Malaysia
Born in Kelantan, Malaysia in 1974 and went on to study fine art at UITM under the highly respected Malaysian figurative artist Amron Omar. Fadli has achieved great critical success, not least as a recipient of major art awards including the 1999 Juror’s Choice Award in the Philip Morris Art Awards Malaysia, third place in the Formula Malaysia Art Award in 2000 and the Grand Prize in 2004’s Kijang Award from Bank Negara Malaysia.
Early works were characterised by his skill as a figurative painter. This changed however just prior to his graduation from UITM in 1996 when he read a book by the United Ullama Council of South Africa, The Ruling on Photography based on Islamic Law according to Fatwa Issue. Fadli felt he was contravening the teachings of Islam by producing realistic figures and spent the next eleven years devoting his practice to landscapes and abstract subjects. The draw of his true calling as a figurative artist proved too great and, following further research on the subject, 2007 marked his return to realism. Fadli’s return to realism illustrates a confidence on his part and a desire to understand the precincts of his identity as a Malay-Muslim in a modern society.
Mohd Noor Mahmud – Visual artist - Malaysia
Born in 1964 in Kelantan, Malaysia, Mohd Noor graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Universiti Teknologi Mara in 1988 before obtaining a Master’s degree from Leicester in 1996. Mohd Noor has exhibited extensively including at the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak State Museum, Sabah Art Gallery, Maybank Gallery, American Embassy and Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and won the third prize in the “Pemandangan Malaysia” competition which was held by Kontena Malaysia in 1989.
Mohd Noor’s artistic practice is closely linked to the craft conventions and local industry of Kelantan, Malaysia. Studying Mohd Noor’s works opens a discussion about the fusion of traditional symbols and motifs in a highly contemporary presentation, and the resultant contradiction of tradition that appears. The artist feels that it is this paradox, coupled with a thorough understanding of the formal aspects of technique that enable him to produce truly original works. Indeed the weight attached to technique and skill is evident from the stunning attention to detail and patient layering processes Mohd Noor diligently applies in his practice.
Suhaimi Fadzir – Visual artist - Malaysia
Suhaimi has exhibited internationally in several solo and group shows, among them The Dublin Biennale where he won the Dublin Biennial Award of Excellence in 2012, the prestigious 12th and 13th Venice Biennale (Architecture), Venice, Italy in 2010 and 2012, as well as alongside photographer Ansel Adams in America and was granted the Art Saint Louis Residency programs in the USA. His work has been extensively collected in public and private collections in Malaysia, Korea, Ireland, China, USA, Indonesia, Singapore, UK, Japan, Philippine, Spain, Uzbekistan, Germany and Mexico.
Suhaimi trained as an architect in the 1980’s at the Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri; despite this he has always viewed himself foremost as an artist. Personifying a modern nomad, Suhaimi, who is from Perak, Malaysia, maintains two studios, one in Malaysia and one in America. His constant shift and cultural receptiveness between the two countries offers him unique insights into local social themes, be they environmental, political or historical, and allows him to merge them with Western art, architecture, and Abstract Expressionist and pop icon references. In his own words, travel creates discourse and discussion that enhances his understanding of his subject and audience that help him to produce work that is highly relatable and entertaining yet filled with cultural resonance.
2012 saw Suhaimi being awarded a prestigious Smithsonian Fellowship nomination for his in depth research on the Orang Asli of Malaysia, and comparisons between indigenous tribes here in Malaysia and in Africa.