WHEN Galeri Tangsi Contem-porary Art curator June Baharuddin conceived the idea for the A Beautiful Mind art exhibition one and a half years ago, she did not know its concept would culminate with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed as the inspiration.
All things fell into place when June, so inspired after a casual chat with Dr Mahathir during a social event in Langkawi earlier this year, invited the former premier to open the exhibition.
I recalled him saying 'What do I know about the arts?', and that was when I said, 'But you know everything about the mind.' Mahathir Mohamad is a reflection of who we are and I thank him for making rich our human experience, said June at the opening of A Beautiful Mind: Where Spirit Meets to Merge with the Souls at Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art on Thursday.
Dr Mahathir, who was accompanied by his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, was present to launch the event.
An elegant albeit unconventional attempt at depicting the mind of the former premier through art, the exhibition features 68 works by 11 local artists.
Art lovers have the opportunity of immersing themselves in works of a variety of media and genres, from modernism to surrealism, sculpture, ink, Chinese calligraphy, modern abstract and contemporary classic.
Artists include Raphael Scott Ahbeng, Puan Sri Norma Abbas, Yusoff Majid, Khalil Ibrahim, Multhalib Musa and Dr Cheah Thien Soong.
My pieces featured in this exhibition are a series of works done in oil and acrylic over the last two years. They are a reflection of my mind, said Raphael Scott Ahbeng.
They speak of nature, of what is available and easiest to find in Malaysia. They are all about the rich diversity of flora and fauna found in our country, he said.
Puan Sri Norma Abbas' eight exhibited pieces are all about love and relationships. Her collection, captured in a colourful combination of acrylic and collage on canvas, is inspired by Dr Mahathir and also by her friend, Khariaah Aziz, who believes she is a princess sent from a different realm to search for her long-lost brother.
The works in this exhibition result from the positive energy that comes from being a rakyat under the leadership of Dr Mahathir. He's my mentor; I've always admired him and the love shared between him and his wife. These works are in appreciation of the man, said Norma.
A Beautiful Mind is exhibited at Galeri Tangsi Contemporary Art, until Nov 15.