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Saturday June 30, 2007
By GEETHA KRISHNANPhotos by ROHAIZAT MD DARUS
ARTIST Rashid Hamid is a multi-talented man. He paints murals, plays the didgeridoo (a wind instrument of the Australian aborigines) and djembe (a skin-covered hand drum from Africa), was formerly a member of an underground band and has spent four years of his life busking for a living.
Obviously not the reclusive sort, the native of Johor Baru is chatty and eager to share his experiences.
Rashid is currently holding a solo exhibition Music in Art at the MTDC Multimedia Academy Gallery in Serdang. It features semi-abstract acrylic works with elements of cubism.
When met at the gallery recently, the artist shared how his experiences as a busker and artist had inspired him to produce 26 paintings for the exhibition.
“I was also on a mission to prove that most buskers were committed to earning a decent living and should not be generally branded as junkies and deadbeats. I have a few buddies who have white collar jobs during the day and busk in the evenings as a form of self-expression and symbol of release. If I didn’t have the job at Wariseni, I would have continued busking,” Rashid said.
The current exhibition features four themes – Portraits of The Audience, The Rhythm, Element of Sound and The Musician.
Remember musician Kassim Selamat from the P. Ramlee classic Ibu Mertuaku? The character is depicted in The Saxophonist.
The Music in Art is on till July 15 at the MTDC Multimedia Academy Gallery, Block K, UPM-MTDC Technology Centre, Silicon Valley, Serdang (Tel: 03-8941 4626). Gallery Hours: 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
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