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Published: Sunday May 4, 2014 MYT 7:45:00 AM
Updated: Sunday May 4, 2014 MYT 9:15:54 AM

More than meets the eye in Fendy Zakri's art

See the hidden images that the artist includes in his works.

Ipoh-born Fendy Zakri has a primal relationship with his art.

He talks about appreciation of mystery and women, and in the same breath addresses – with much enthusiasm – topics like lust, desire and artistic taste.

Every line and stroke of the brush is deliberate and planned, Fendy Zakri says of the works  in his first solo exhibition Seeing The Unseen at Richard Koh Fine Art.
Every line and stroke of the brush is deliberate and planned, Fendy Zakri says of the works in his first solo exhibition Seeing The Unseen at Richard Koh Fine Art.

In his first solo exhibition at Richard Koh Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur, Fendy challenges conventional perspectives with hidden images in his works.

The exhibition, titled Seeing The Unseen, expands on the idea of unlocking the secrets of the universe with one mechanism.

"I love black, and I love messy!" Fendy Zakri declares when talking about his works created for his first solo exhibition Seeing The Unseen at Richard Koh Fine Art. All the works produced for this exhibition have hidden images in them, revealed when viewed with PicsArt, a photo editing software.
[ 'I love black, and I love messy!' Fendy Zakri declares when talking about his works created for his first solo exhibition Seeing The Unseen at Richard Koh Fine Art. All the works produced for this exhibition have hidden images in them, revealed when viewed with PicsArt, a photo editing software.

His work might look like a mess of colours and lines on canvas, but Fendy insists that every stroke of the brush is deliberate, every line is carefully composed – not unlike what happens behind the scenes with an orchestrated car crash in an action movie.

“I play with space, texture, colours, form, composition and balance ... and then distort it to make my artwork look abstract. And to hide the images within my painting even better, I explore ambiguous space, flat space and deep space,” he says.

Fendy Zakri, Seeing the Unseen. This is #13, the biggest painting at this exhibition, Seeing the Unseen.
Fendy Zakri, Seeing the Unseen. This is #13, the biggest painting at this exhibition, Seeing the Unseen.

To the layperson, this explanation probably doesn’t help shed very much light on the thought process behind his works.

But if this artist’s mind is an open book that is hard to read, there is fortunately an easier – and rather fun! – way to unlock the hidden images in his art.

You will need to have photo editing software PicsArt on your phone to view the hidden images in Fendy Zakri’s works.

Follow these instructions:

1. Download PicsArt

2. Snap a photo of the painting

3. Go to PicsArt and click on Effects

4. Click on Distort

5. Go to the bottom bar and select Mirrors

The hidden image in the painting will now be revealed.

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