TRADITIONAL theatre forms such as wayang kulit and icons of popular culture in modern times such as animated robots are featured in new paintings by Mohd Taquddin Bahro.
The display, titled “Quddin Playing With Pop,” at the Gemarimba Gallery in Kuala Lumpur will end on March 4.
This second solo art exhibition by Mohd Taquddin , after his “Open Space” display at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, in June last year, features 22 paintings that are priced between RM2,000 and RM5,000.
The paintings, characterised by vibrant colours, were produced using a mixture of silkscreen and drawing techniques.
Among the highlights is a painting entitled “Warrior,'' where a military fighting robot, commonly seen in popular Japanese animation, is depicted together with a wayang kulit puppet.
“I want to show that the art world has no boundaries. Art can combine contemporary and traditional subjects,” said Mohd Taquddin, 37, during a recent interview.
Several of the paintings were inspired by stories from Malay folklore.
“This was inspired by a movie about Hang Tuah that was made more than 20 years ago,” said Mohd Taquddin while pointing to a painting titled “Dang Baru. “
Another painting, titled “Gusti Putri Retno Dumilah,” was inspired by the legend of Puteri Gunung Ledang.
Vespa scooters are also popular subjects in a few of the paintings.
“I wanted to evoke feelings of nostalgia. Nowadays, modern motorcycles have taken over the road. However, Vespa scooters were the in thing not too long ago,” said Mohd Taquddin, who owns a Harley-Davidson Sportster.
His passion for motorcycles is also evident in a painting entitled “Nine Bikes.”
Mohd Taquddin, from Sabak Bernam, Selangor, is a graduate of the Faculty of Art and Design, Universiti Teknologi Mara and a former art director with an international advertising agency.
“After 10 years in the advertising industry, I wanted to do something different. I want to express myself freely without the constant pressure of clients’ deadlines and rejections,” said Mohd Taquddin.
Gemarimba Gallery is located at B8, Taman Tunku Apartments, Jalan Langgak Tunku, Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours are 11.30am till 8pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Appointments can be made for viewings on Monday.
For details, call 03-6201 3505, 017-282 0582 (Husni) or 012-365 6565 (Ejaz).