Date: 4th August – 12 August 2009
Venue: Galeri Chandan, Bukit Damansara
 
SIX WISE WOMEN AND A GIRL

SIX WISE WOMEN AND A GIRL

Medium: Acrylic and Collage Size: 122 cm x 122 cm

Artist : Norma Abbas

THE CLAIRVOYANT

THE CLAIRVOYANT

Medium: Acrylic and Collage Size: 122 cm x 122 cm

Artist : Norma Abbas

POHON

POHON

Medium: Stone Wear Clay With Oxides Size: Variable Sizes Year: 2006

Artist : Ham Rabeah Kamarun

FORMATION SERIES

FORMATION SERIES

Medium: Porcelain Size: Vareties ( Set of 3 ) Year: 2006

Artist : Faridah Yusuf

FORMATION SERIES 2

FORMATION SERIES 2

Medium: Semi Porcelain Size: 19 cm x 15 cm x 9.5cm Year: 2006

Artist : Faridah Yusuf

NURANI

NURANI

Medium: Mixed Media Size: 75 cm x 100 cm

Artist : Ruzaika Omar Basaree

POP LARAT 2

POP LARAT 2

Medium: Digital Print Size: 27 cm x 37 cm Year: 2009

Artist : Ruzaika Omar Basaree

POP LARAT

POP LARAT

Medium: Digital Print Size: 27 cm x 37 cm Year: 2009

Artist : Ruzaika Omar Basaree

AFTER THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM

Medium: Watercolor Size: 68 cm x 67 cm Year: 2008

Artist : Sharifah Zuriah Aljeffri

DANCING ON THE ROCKS

DANCING ON THE ROCKS

Medium: Watercolor Size: 68 cm x 67 cm Year: 2008

Artist : Sharifah Zuriah Aljeffri

EARTH, WIND, WATER AND FIRE

EARTH, WIND, WATER AND FIRE

Medium: Threads on dyed Canvas ( Tapestry ) Size: 30 cm x 40 cm Year: 2002

Artist : Kalsom Muda

LANGKASUKA

LANGKASUKA

Medium: Etching Size: 30 cm x 40 cm Year: 2007

Artist : Ilse Noor

PUTERI TELAGA LAUT ( AP )

PUTERI TELAGA LAUT ( AP )

Medium: Etching Size: 30 cm x 40 cm Year: 2007

Artist : Ilse Noor

NUSANTARA SERIES

NUSANTARA SERIES

Medium: Batik Size: 122 cm x 157 cm Year: 2001

Artist : Fatimah Chik

NUSANTARA SERIES

NUSANTARA SERIES

Medium: Batik Size: 122 cm x 157 cm Year: 2001

Artist : Fatimah Chik

NUSANTARA SERIES

NUSANTARA SERIES

Medium: Batik Size: 122 cm x 122 cm Year: 2004

Artist : Fatimah Chik

DOA ANAK PEPERANGAN

DOA ANAK PEPERANGAN

Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 92 cm x 92 cm Year: 1987

Artist : Maryam Abdullah

LAMBAIAN HIJAU

LAMBAIAN HIJAU

Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas Size: 177 cm x 122 cm Year: 2009

Artist : Normah Nordin

SUN RAISING

SUN RAISING

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 140 cm x 120 cm Year: 2008

Artist : Wairah Marzuki

HOW TALL STAND MY LOTUS

HOW TALL STAND MY LOTUS

Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 43 cm x 54 cm Year: 2007

Artist : Sylvia Lee Goh

THE MESSAGE

THE MESSAGE

Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 42 cm x 54 cm Year: 2007

Artist : Sylvia Lee Goh

PETANI CEMERLANG

PETANI CEMERLANG

Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 74 cm x 90 cm Year: 2007

Artist : Hamidah Suhaimi

ANAK DESA

ANAK DESA

Medium: Pastel on Paper Size: 49 cm x 63 cm Year: 1998

Artist : Hamidah Suhaimi

12 ANGIN SI PAUH JANGGI

12 ANGIN SI PAUH JANGGI

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 109 cm x 108 cm Year: 2008

Artist: Siti Zainon Ismail

MALAM MAS BUKIT SIGUNTANG

MALAM MAS BUKIT SIGUNTANG

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 108 cm x 98 cm Year: 2008

Artist: Siti Zainon Ismail

HIKAYAT BERINGIN TENGGARANG

HIKAYAT BERINGIN TENGGARANG

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 119 cm x 92 cm Year: 200

Artist: Siti Zainon Ismail

REBIRTH

REBIRTH

Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 55 cm x 77 cm Year: 2002

Artist: Renee Kraal

DREAM ANGLE

DREAM ANGLE

Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 60 cm x 90 cm Year: 2003

Artist: Renee Kraal

SOARING 1

SOARING 1

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 78 cm x 128 cm Year: 2008

Artist: Sivam Selvaratnam

SOARING 2

SOARING 2

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 92 cm x 138 cm Year: 2008

Artist: Sivam Selvaratnam

THE PATTERNS OF INFINITY : 5

THE PATTERNS OF INFINITY : 5

Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas Size: 314 cm x 135 cm Year: 2002 - 2009

Artist: Khatijah Sanusi

FLOATING

FLOATING

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 61 cm x 76.2 cm Year: 2009

Artist: Sharifah Fatimah Zubir

RUBICA

RUBICA

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 122 cm x 122 cm Year: 1995

Artist: Sharifah Fatimah Zubir

MINDSCAPE

MINDSCAPE

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 138 cm x 123 cm Year: 1993

Artist: Sharifah Fatimah Zubir

Medium: Acrylic and Collage
Size: 122 cm x 122 cmMedium: Acrylic and Collage
Size: 122 cm x 122 cmMedium: Stone Wear Clay With Oxides
Size: Variable Sizes
Year: 2006Medium: Porcelain
Size: Vareties ( Set of 3 )
Year: 2006Medium: Semi Porcelain
Size: 19 cm x 15 cm x 9.5cm
Year: 2006Medium: Mixed Media
Size: 75 cm x 100 cmMedium: Digital Print
Size: 27 cm x 37 cm
Year: 2009Medium: Digital Print
Size: 27 cm x 37 cm
Year: 2009Medium: Watercolor
Size: 68 cm x 67 cm
Year: 2008Medium: Watercolor
Size: 68 cm x 67 cm
Year: 2008Medium: Threads on dyed Canvas ( Tapestry )
Size: 30 cm x 40 cm
Year: 2002Medium: Etching
Size: 30 cm x 40 cm
Year: 2007Medium: Etching
Size: 30 cm x 40 cm
Year: 2007Medium: Batik
Size: 122 cm x 157 cm
Year: 2001Medium: Batik
Size: 122 cm x 157 cm
Year: 2001Medium: Batik
Size: 122 cm x 122 cm
Year: 2004Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 92 cm x 92 cm
Year: 1987Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 177 cm x 122 cm
Year: 2009Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 140 cm x 120 cm
Year: 2008Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 43 cm x 54 cm
Year: 2007Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 42 cm x 54 cm
Year: 2007Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 74 cm x 90 cm
Year: 2007Medium: Pastel on Paper
Size: 49 cm x 63 cm
Year: 1998Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 109 cm x 108 cm
Year: 2008Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 108 cm x 98 cm
Year: 2008Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 119 cm x 92 cm
Year: 200Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 55 cm x 77 cm
Year: 2002Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 60 cm x 90 cm
Year: 2003Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 78 cm x 128 cm
Year: 2008Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 92 cm x 138 cm
Year: 2008Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 314 cm x 135 cm
Year: 2002 - 2009Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 61 cm x 76.2 cm
Year: 2009Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 122 cm x 122 cm
Year: 1995Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 138 cm x 123 cm
Year: 1993

THOU ART WOMEN is not intended to be a mere visual showcase of a collection of artworks but a comprehensive project involving other scopes of activities. Its key focus is to start off with some initial efforts to collect and organise data on women artists who have contributed towards the progress of art in the country. The showcase of artworks then will be supplemented with video-recorded interviews and written documentation of the artists’ recent development, which shall be useful archival materials for future reference. Initially part of these documentation items will be presented to the public through the website www.thouartwomen.com before they are published as a complete unit in a special volume. We acknowledge the fact that the narrative of Malaysian women artists in this inaugural show is fairly incomplete due to the absence of such artists as Yuen Chee Ling, Koh Shim Luen, Grace Selvanayagam, Nirmala Shanmughalingam and others. We hope this deficiency will be resolved in the said year-end show, which will also include several current contemporary women artists.

The role of women artists in the context of Malaysian art has only begun to grow and attain critical recognition circa1950s when art groups and associations started to take in female members. Wednesday Art Group (1952) under Peter Harris’s tutelage produced, among others, Renee Kraal and Sivam Selvaratnam. Angkatan Pelukis Semenanjung (1956) introduced Hamidah Suhaimi who later became a skilful portraitist after learning the genre from Hoessein Enas. The legendary Anak Alam (1974), an artists’ collective made up of visual artists, literary figures and theatrical performers, was the place where Maryam Abdullah fell in love with this subject.

The founding of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art (NAFA) in Singapore in 1938 also influenced the advance of art in the country. Georgette Chen, a French-born artist who taught art in Penang (1949-1953) and moved a year later to NAFA to take the job as an art instructor until 1994, has been widely acknowledged as a seminal icon in the historiography of Malaysian women artists. Besides her, Lai Foong Mooi, who hailed from Negeri Sembilan and also a graduate from the academy, participated actively in the local art scene since the middle of 1950’s.

However, the 1970’s decade is considered a significant era that changed the landscape of Malaysian art in relation to women artists. Institut Teknologi MARA (now UiTM) and Malaysian Institute of Art, since their establishment in 1967, have produced numerous art graduates including women.

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Sharifah Fatimah Zubir, Ruzaika Omar Basaree, Fatimah Chik, Norma Abbas, Kalsom Muda, Ham Rabeah, Faridah Yusuf, Wairah Marzuki and Normah Nordin were graduates from the School of Art and Design, UiTM who later pursued their further studies abroad. Apart from those who completed their initial art education in local institutions, several others acquired their Bachelors of Arts from overseas such as Siti Zainon Ismail from Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI) Jogjakarta and Khatijah Sanusi from Curtin University Australia. Ilse Noor who received art training from Fine Arts Academy in Munich, Germany is still a prolific artist until today. It is an undeniable fact that their names have been chronicled in our annals as notable figures who have coloured various aspects of the national visual art.

To be formally trained in art institution is not an underlying measure that determines an artist’s ability. Sometimes having high spirit and enthusiasm for art is sufficient to stimulate someone to draw on his creativity. This seems the case with a number of artists who made it on their own effort, and occasionally managed to learn the craft from great artists. Sylvia Lee Goh and Sharifah Zuriah Al-Jeffri are among those who are successful in their ventures into local art scene despite being self-taught. Continuous artistic output from them demonstrates their profound passion in this field.

The group of women artists introduced here have already been celebrated as ‘mothers’ to the current generation of artists. On that account we believe their artworks should be presented first in this inaugural exhibition of Malaysian women artists to pay homage to an entity that has become a testimony to the existence and talent of women artists in the national art world.

NURHANIM KHAIRUDDIN

PARTICIPATING ARTIST

Faridah Yusuf

Fatimah Chik

Hamidah Suhaimi

Ham Rabeah Kamarun

Ilse Noor

Kalsom Muda

Khatijah Sanusi

Maryam Abdullah

Norma Abas

Normah Nordin

Renee Kraal

Ruzaika Omar Basaree

Sharifah Fatimah Zubir

Sharifah Zuriah Al-Jeffri

Siti Zainon Ismail

Sivam Selvaratnam

Sylvia Lee Goh

Wairah Marzuki