Opening Reception:
Friday, 13th Dec 2013, 8pm
Venue: Galeri Chandan @ Publika

Duration: From 13 Dec 2013 until 10 Jan 2014

Fortitude, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cm

Fortitude, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cm

Split, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cm

Split, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cm

Regret, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cm

Regret, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cm

Padi, 2012. Acrylic & batik on canvas

Padi, 2012. Acrylic & batik on canvas

Give Me Strength, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cm

Give Me Strength, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cm

Ampuh, 2012. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 162.5 x 137cm

Ampuh, 2012. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 162.5 x 137cm

A Storm Brewing, 2012. Acrylic & textile in canvas. 152 x 122cm

A Storm Brewing, 2012. Acrylic & textile in canvas. 152 x 122cm

Raise Me Up, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cm

Raise Me Up, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cm

Guide Me, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cm

Guide Me, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cm

Speak Your Mind, But Mind Your Speech, 2012. Acrylic & barbed wire on canvas. 122 x 91cm

Speak Your Mind, But Mind Your Speech, 2012. Acrylic & barbed wire on canvas. 122 x 91cm

No Tresspassing, 2012. Acrylic, chain link fence & metal plate on canvas. 162.5 x 137cm

No Tresspassing, 2012. Acrylic, chain link fence & metal plate on canvas. 162.5 x 137cm

Repent, 2012. Acrylic & chain link fence on canvas. 162.5 x 137cm

Repent, 2012. Acrylic & chain link fence on canvas. 162.5 x 137cm

Sinking, 2012. Acrylic & textile in canvas. 152 x 122cm

Sinking, 2012. Acrylic & textile in canvas. 152 x 122cm

Fortitude, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cmSplit, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cmRegret, 2013. Charcoal & acrylic on canvas. 46 x 61cmPadi, 2012. Acrylic & batik on canvasGive Me Strength, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cmAmpuh, 2012. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 162.5 x 137cmA Storm Brewing, 2012. Acrylic & textile in canvas. 152 x 122cmRaise Me Up, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cmGuide Me, 2013. Acrylic & batik on canvas. 122 x 91cmSpeak Your Mind, But Mind Your Speech, 2012. Acrylic & barbed wire on canvas. 122 x 91cmNo Tresspassing, 2012. Acrylic, chain link fence & metal plate on canvas. 162.5 x 137cmRepent, 2012. Acrylic & chain link fence on canvas. 162.5 x 137cmSinking, 2012. Acrylic & textile in canvas. 152 x 122cm

PSYCHE

Previously presented in the Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC and The Imaginarium in Georgetown, Penang, PSYCHE is now showing in Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur, featuring thirteen works of Rofi, a Singaporean-born Malay artist.

Rofi enjoys painting faces and figures. But more than mere portraits, the faces in his paintings are metaphors for personifying issues relating to identity, society, spirituality and sociopolitical affairs.

The concept of face embodies dignity, honour and reputation. By extension, the face idiomatically conveys a map of one’s life. If the eyes are the window to one’s soul, then the expression, the smile, the slight twitch of the nose, the hair casting a shadow – the symmetry or lack thereof – does more to reveal the lives and stories within, going beyond face value.

In this show, Rofi embarks on a psychological study of the face. He paints faces of people caught in a myriad of circumstances, metaphorically conveying a man struggling in stormy seas, a society oppressed, a woman empowered and the courage of a community.

 

About the Artist

 

Rofi is an independent graphic designer and self-taught painter. His style is graphical yet sensitive, with an interplay of colour and texture, combining his graphic design skills with artistic spontaneity. His work has been featured in the inaugural Singapore Art Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, and has been exhibited and sold in the America, Netherlands, Belgium, China, Malaysia and Singapore. Collectors of his work include The Burger Collection.