Exhibition an effort towards making Shah Alam a capital for the arts

City scene: Raja Zahabuddin’s photo montage called ‘Man’s Greed’.

FINE art is often a myriad of discoveries and the new 15V Art Exhibition at the Galeri Shah Alam is just that, if not more.

Held in conjunction with Visit Selangor Year 2015, there are 28 art pieces by 15 renowned Malaysian artists.

They are Syed Thajudeen, Md Sani Md Dom, Long Thien Shih, Prof Datuk Zahabuddin Raja Yaacob, Md Yusoff Othman, Yusof Gajah, Ahmad Shukri Elias, Ramlan Abdullah, Juhari Said, Haron Moktar, Fauzin Mustafa, Zaim Durulaman, Suzlee Ibrahim, Jamil Mat Isa, and Raja Shahriman Raja Aziddin.

Widely known for their artistic prowess, the artists brought some of their finest pieces for the exhibition that was recently launched by Selangor state executive councillor Amirudin Shari who filled in for Mentri Besar Azmin Ali.

He said the art show was one way to fortify Shah Alam as an art city.

Shah Alam, he said was recently chosen to be an art city as it was the state capital and because art was considered creative economy in the modern world.

“The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) based in New York said in 2011 the creative economy generated US$4.3tril,” he said, adding that the value was 20% more than German’s economy.

Based on these values, he said the state believed that there should be focus on the growth of creative economy in the long and short run.

The art pieces on display were an eclectic mix. Among the pieces were semi abstract, expressive abstract, landscape visuals, print art, sculptures as well as contemporary pieces like photography, collage and montage.

Artist Yusof Gajah is known for his Naive Painting technique, a childlike painting that infuses a child’s imagination with the expert eye of a seasoned painter.

“We all forget we used to be a child once. Man often forget the past and the future in their obsession for the present,” he said.

His paintings, acrylic on canvas called Siri Pemandangan Pulang and Siri Pemandangan Sendiri showcases a unique landscape with rough strokes often found in a child’s art work.

Veteran artist Md Sani Md Dom, presented two paintings called Kuala Krai and Siapa Aku, both are documentations of the past for the future generation.

Pak Sani as he is known said paintings are a form of documentation for the young generation to learn about their culture and their ancestors.

“Not everyone is lucky; in my painting Kuala Krai, I have painted a boat house (Rumah Rakit), a home many have built due to poverty.

“During the floods they lost everything and I wanted people to know their hardship,” he added.

Other artists like Long Thien Shih contributed his painting of the Gawai heritage while Syed Tajudeen presented his oil painting called Kaaba.

Contemporary artist like Raja Zahabuddin presented his photo montage Man’s Greed and Pertembungan while Ramlan had his sculptures from aluminium called Rhythm of My Heart and Spherical structure.

The art exhibition will be open until March 20. Opening hours are from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

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