LOCAL artist Badruddin Syah Abdul Wahab has launched a solo art exhibition themed Emansipasi (Emancipation) in conjunction with National Day.
The exhibition, which was part of the Maybank Merdeka Art Exhibition, was aimed at celebrating the success of Malaysia’s forefathers in securing the nation’s independence as well as to instil and strengthen a sense of love for Malaysia.
Emansipasi is a celebration of an individual’s personal journey towards emancipation as expressed through the visual expression of abstract art.
The 31 oil paintings, inspired by the nation’s independence, were expressed through a modern visual art form graphically reflecting the tempo and the spirit of free people.
Badruddin, who returned from the United States in 1990, has exhibited his work in some of the leading private galleries in the Klang Valley and continues to be active in select group exhibitions.
The exhibition was officially launched by Maybank and Maybank Foundation chairman Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsudin.
Also present at the launch were Maybank Foundation chief executive Shahril Azuar Jimin, members of the Maybank Foundation’s Board of Trustee Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Datuk V. Danapalan, and art lovers.
Badruddin’s paintings will be up for sale with part of the proceeds being channelled to the Society for the Severely Mentally Handicapped (SSMH), which is one of the beneficiaries on Maybank’s digital social fundraising platform, MaybankHeart, in support of its “Art of Hope charity carnival event to be held in Kuala Lumpur in October.
Speaking at the launch, Mohaiyani said she hoped Badruddin’s art works would bring out love for the nation and respect regardless of race, religion, class or gender; a sacred duty of every peace-loving Malaysian.
The Merdeka Art Exhibition also aims to promote inclusivity among Maybank staff.
Prior to the exhibition, 20 staff were given the opportunity to participate in a two-part abstract workshop called “Stripes for Freedom” conducted by Badruddin and other local artists such as Marisa R Ng, Syahrul Niza Ahmad Zaini and the curator of the exhibition, Tan Sei Hon.
The workshop held on July 15 and 22 taught participants the techniques and approaches in abstract art.
After completing the workshops, participants were given the chance to showcase their final artwork at the Merdeka Art Exhibition alongside Badruddin’s artwork.
A total of 15 artworks by staff are being featured in the exhibition.
The Merdeka Art Exhibition is at Balai Seni Maybank, 1st Floor, Menara Maybank.
It is open to public from 10am to 5pm from Aug 16 to Sept 16. Admission is free.