Exhibition: 12 August – 12 September 2008

 

The Following Sea

The Following Sea

314 x 214 cm, oil oncanvas, 2013
(124x82 inches)

The Following Sea

The Following Sea

314 x 214 cm, oil oncanvas, 2013
(124x82 inches)

The Following Sea

The Following Sea

314 x 214 cm, oil oncanvas, 2013
(124x82 inches)

The Following Sea

The Following Sea

314 x 214 cm, oil oncanvas, 2013
(124x82 inches)

The Following Sea

The Following Sea

314 x 214 cm, oil oncanvas, 2013
(124x82 inches)

Rolling Coral IV

Rolling Coral IV

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 122 cm x 152 cm Year : 2006

Floating Garden I

Floating Garden I

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 61 cm x 76 cm Year : 2006

Rolling Coral II

Rolling Coral II

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 76 cm x 102 cm Year : 2005

 Scorpion

Scorpion

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 76 cm x 102 cm Year : 2008

Karang Darat 'Shallow Coral' II

Karang Darat 'Shallow Coral' II

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 91 cm x 122 cm Year : 2008

Eden of the Deep II

Eden of the Deep II

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 122 cm x 122 cm Year : 2008

Hanging Garden II

Hanging Garden II

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 91 cm x 122 cm Year : 2006

Safe Heaven I

Safe Heaven I

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 91 cm x 122 cm Year : 2008

Hanging Garden V

Hanging Garden V

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 91 cm x 61 cm Year : 2006

Karang Luas VII

Karang Luas VII

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 122 cm x 152 cm Year : 2006

Synchronize Diving

Synchronize Diving

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 97 cm x 122 cm Year : 2007

Safe Heaven II

Safe Heaven II

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 122 cm x 183 cm Year : 2008

Hanging Garden VI

Hanging Garden VI

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 122 cm x 122 cm Year : 2007

Karang Luas IV

Karang Luas IV

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 91 cm x 122 cm Year : 2006

Karang Luas II

Karang Luas II

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 122 cm x 152 cm Year : 2006

Cini I

Cini I

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 61 cm x 76 cm Year : 2004

Cini I

Cini I

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 61 cm x 76 cm Year : 2004

Lipur Lintang V

Lipur Lintang V

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 51 cm x 61 cm Year : 2003

A Green Morning

A Green Morning

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 61 cm x 81 cm Year : 2001

Alien

Alien

Medium : Charcoal on Paper Size : 51 cm x 61 cm Year : 2007

My Village Losong

My Village Losong

Medium : Oil on Canvas Size : 66 cm x 91 cm Year : 2003

The Red Box

The Red Box

Medium : Charcoal on Paper Size : 33 cm x 48 cm Year : 2007

In the context of contemporary Malaysian art, Razak Abdullah has carved a name for himself as an impressionist painter who records the beauty of nature. After his series “Monsoon Break”, “Lake Garden” and -“Melawati Quartz”, he now presents us with the series “Portrait of Bidong”.

After an early childhood by the seaside in Kuala Terengganu built Razak’s sensitivity to the beauty of the environment, he honed his skills during formal art studies in ITM. His subjects range from his environment, including landscapes and views from his apartment, meaningful locations, as well as marine scenes rich in fascinating beauty.

To date, Razak has produced four beautiful series of paintings, namely “Monsoon Break”, “Lake Garden”, “Melawati Quartz” and his most recent series, “Portrait of Bidong”. “Monsoon Break” showed a beautiful treatment of figures and landscapes, as well as serving as an allegory of the humble position of Man within Allah’s Creation. The works of the “Lake Garden” series were strongly influenced by French impressionism, while “Melawati Quartz” depicted the beauty of nature around his residence. In Razak’s hands, common views become beautiful landscapes.

The “Portrait of Bidong” series gathers views of the sea bed that depict semi-abstract images of life forms and seascapes, such as fish, corals and sea-weeds in a riot of colours. The beauty and tranquillity of the marine environment are translated by the thick treatment of vibrant yet harmonious colours, as can be seen in “The Hanging Garden II”, “Hanging Garden IV”, “Eden of the Sea”, “Karang Luas VII” and “Karang Luas VI”. However, Razak’s purpose is not only to share with us the beauty of God’s underwater Creation, but also to express his concern for the environment that is threatened by pollution as a result of human activity.

Razak Abdullah is a contemporary impressionist who is deeply concerned with the environment. His works are not mere landscapes, but rather soulful, poetic and harmonious symphonies of colour. Yet, there is loneliness and nostalgia in the midst of vibrancy, and poignant notes of unease behind the harmony.

PROFESSOR DR. MULIYADI MAHAMOOD