A chance to see what Kelantan has to offer


wwen@thestar.com.my

ART connoisseurs and the public in Kuala Lumpur can now appreciate Kelantanese Art during the National Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, Bumi Angin: Pameran Seni Tampak Kelantan (Earth Winds: Kelantanese Visual Arts Exhibition).

Officiated by ardent visual arts collector and the patron of Breast Cancer Welfare Association Puan Sri Akmal Abdul Salam, the exhibition will be held until Feb 15 at the National Art Gallery.

The exhibition features approximately 120 pieces of art by 80 artists collated from the artists’ personal collection and Kelantanese art collection from the National Art Gallery, Kelantan Art Gallery, the UiTM Arts and Design faculty, Kelantan Art Society and A Z Fine Art Gallery.

Visual treat: Dr Mohamed (left) and Dr Zulkifli (right) showing Akmal (middle) some of the Kelantanese artworks on display.

The Art Gallery is open from 10am to 6pm everyday and entrance is free.

At this exhibition, visitors can browse through artworks from seven different themes (batik, realism, figurative, Islamic, sculpture, abstract and cultural).

Director General of the National Art Gallery Dr Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa said that this is the first time Kelantan artists are holding such a large exhibition.

He added that the exhibitions featuring artworks from different states is an initiative by the gallery to introduce these artists to a larger national and international audience, in line with the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage’s aspirations to reach out to the public.

Since 2005, such exhibitions had taken place at the National Art Gallery. Starting with Sabah, states that participated in this event in the past were Terengganu, Sarawak, Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Pahang.

Guest curator Dr Zulkifli Mohamad said the exhibition is a tribute to veteran Kelantanese artists such as Nik Zainal Abidin Nik Salleh and budding artists from the state.

Rare sight: An intricate piece of the wayang kulit is part of the display.

Malaysian Literature Laureate Datuk A. Samad Said, who was a guest at the launch, enjoyed the art at the gallery.

One of the artists, Ismail Mat Hussin, who specialises in batik art is very excited about the exhibition.

His enthusiasm showed when he explained one of his paintings to the chairman of the Pahang Malay Art and Design Society Mohd Shaimy Hashim.

Mohd Shaimy said that it is unfortunate that the public still lack interest in visual arts as compared to performing arts.

However, he said that this was a good platform for these artists to introduce their work to the public and set an example of success for the younger generation interested in art.

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