Artist biography

         
Joy is the Theme
Celebrate 6 Malaysian Artists
SHARIFAH FATIMAH ZUBIR'S GARDEN OF THE HEART
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       Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zubir, Dato'
1948
Born in Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia


1967-71
Studied at MARA Institute of Technology Malaysia
Awarded Diploma in Fine Art

1973-76
Studied at Reading University, Reading, England
Awarded First Class Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art

1976-78
Studied at Pratt Institute New York
Awarded Master’s Degree in Fine Art

1982- 89
Curator of Art, National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur

1990-present
Full time artist. Art consultant


Awards

1968
Batik Design Competition, National Art Gallery

1971
Best Student Award, MARA Institute of Technology

1972
Minor Award Malaysian Landscape Exhibition National Art Gallery

1973-76
Federal Government Scholarship for further studies in England

1976-78
The JDR III Fund Fellowship

1976
University Prize Reading University England

1977
Studio Scholar Award Pratt Institute New York

1979
Major Award Salon Malaysia National Art Gallery

1981
Minor Award Young Contemporaries National Art Gallery

1987
British Council Fellowship

2003
Third Prize Second Biennial of Contemporary Painting of the Islamic World, Museum of Contemporary Art Tehran ,Iran

2006
Anugerah Sijil Penghargaan Kerajaan Negeri Kedah Darul Aman. Sebagai Wanita Kedah Cemerlang diatas bakti dan khidmat Cemerlang yang telah disumbangkan kepada Negara

2006
Anugerah Darjah Dato’ Setia Di Raja Kedah oleh DYMM Sultan Kedah


Solo Exhibitions

1972
Alpha Gallery, Singapore

1978
Institute Gallery , Pratt Institute , New York
Penang State Art Gallery & Museum

1980
Wisma Loke , Kuala Lumpur

1983
Australian High Commission , Kuala Lumpur

1984
Gallery 231 , Kuala Lumpur

1985
Alpha Gallery , Singapore

1987
Galeri Citra , Kuala Lumpur

1989
PERNAS International Building , Kuala Lumpur

1990
Galeri Citra , Kuala Lumpur

1992
Balai Seni Malayan Banking , Kuala Lumpur

1996
Takashimaya Gallery , Singapore
Galeri Citra , Kuala Lumpur

1997
NN Gallery , Kuala Lumpur

1998
Avant Garde Gallery , Alor Star, Kedah

1999
Artfolio , Kuala Lumpur

2000
Galeri Citra , Kuala Lumpur

2001
Gallery Art Point , Pulau Pinang
Green Art Gallery , Dubai , UAE

2005
Art Space Gallery , Kuala Lumpur


Selected Group Exhibitions

1968
Galeri 11 , Kuala Lumpur
Batik Design Exhibition , National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur

1969
Salon Malaysia , National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1970
Talent & Hope , Samat Gallery , Kuala Lumpur
Manifestasi Dua Seni , Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka , Kuala Lumpur

1971
Situasi Baru , Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka , Kuala Lumpur

1972
Malaysian Landscape Exhibition , National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur

1973
National Invitation Show , National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur

1975
Winsor & Newton Exhibition of Paintings , Reading Gallery , Reading, England

1976
Stowell Trophy Exhibition of Paintings, Diploma Galleries, Royal Academy of Art, London
Invitation Drawing Show, Gallery 55 Mercer, New York

1977
Exhibiton of Prints, Glassboro State College, New Jersey and Bloomsburg State College, Pennsylvania, USA
Artist 77 International Art Exhibition, Union Carbide Building, New York
Winners of Studio Scholar Awards, Institute Gallery, Pratt Institute New York

1978
College Art Association of MFA Candidate Drawing Exhibition Northeastern States, Parson School of Design, New York

1979
Salon Malaysia, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1980
Utara ’80, Dewan Sri Pinang, Pulau Pinang
Wisma Loke, Kuala Lumpur

1980
Contemporary Asian Art, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan

1981
Kedah Artists Exhibition of Paintings, Alor Star, Kedah
Young Contemporaries, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
ASEAN Exhibition of Paintings & Photographs, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta
Premier Show by Malaysian Artists Association, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Geraktara, Penang State Gallery & Museum

1982
International Print Show, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
Exhibition of Prints, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Exhibition of Paintings, Prints & Sculpture from Private Collections, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Seri Cipta Puteri Malaysia, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
25 Years of Malaysian Art, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1983
Titian 1, National Museum Art Gallery Singapore
Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Kedah Artists Art Exhibition, Kedah State Art Gallery, Alor Star
National Invitation Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2nd Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1984
Malaysian Images: American Experience, American Embassy Kuala Lumpur
Exhibition of Paintings & Calligraphy, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1985
12 Malaysian Painters, Museum of History, Taipeh
Exhibition of Paintings by the grantees of the JDRIII Fund, Nautilus Club, Hong Kong

1986
Contemporary British and Malaysian Art, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1987
Asian Art Festival, Bali, Indonesia
Malaysian Art 1957-87, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1988
Premier Show, Balai Seni Malayan Banking, Kuala Lumpur
Contemporary Paintings of Malaysia, Asia Pacific Museum, Pasadena, California
Baghdad Arts Festival, Saddam Art Center, Baghdad, Iraq

1989
First ASEAN Exhibition of Painting, Photography & Children’ Art, Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Bandar Seri Begawan
Contemporary Art From the Islamic Countries, Barbican Centre,London

1990
Malaysian Landscape, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Women and Creativity, Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur
Seni Lukis: Contemporary Paintings of Malaysia, Bayerisch Landesbank Munchen, Wasserschloss Grafen, Germany
5th Asian International Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian Abstracts, Balai Seni Malayan Banking, Kuala Lumpur

1991
Pameran Muhibah – 12 For Bandung, Galeri Citra, Kuala Lumpur
Muhibah Seni Rupa ’91, Braga Gallery, Bandung, Indonesia
Malaysian Watercolour, Balai Seni Malayan Banking, Kuala Lumpur
Open Show, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor
Nuansa: An Exhibition of Paintings by Indonesian & MalaysianWomen Artists, Balai Seni Rupa Jakarta & National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur
The Question of Identity: The Malaysianess of Malaysian Art,National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Festival Istiqlal, Masjid Istiqlal, Jakarta

1992
Risalah Dari Malaysia – An Exhibition of Paintings by Five Malaysian Artists, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts,Amman
Koleksi ’92, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Identiti Islam Dalam Seni Rupa Malaysia: Pencapaian dan Cabaran , National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Bienniale of Visual Arts Seychelles, Carnegie Museum, Victoria Seychelles
Singapore Art Fair, IMM Exhibition Centre, Singapore

1993
Art Aid, NST Building, Kuala Lumpur
Her Presence in Colour, Gallery of Central Institute of Fine Arts,Beijing China
8th Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Japan
Malaysian Art ’93, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur

1994
Ekspresi APK ’94, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Getaran Jiwa: Contemporary Paintings of Malaysia, Museum Of Anthropology, Madrid, Spain
Menusuk Kalbu Melalui Seni, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Vision and Idea , National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
9th Asian International Art Exhibition, National Museum of History, Taipeh

1995
Expression ’95, Nanyang Gallery of Art, Kuala Lumpur
Art Actual Association Ariane Essor, Chateau des Bouillants, Danmarie les Lys & Palais du Roi de Rambouilet, France
Art and Spirituality, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Getaran Jiwa II, The Gallery, Lot 10 Kuala Lumpur
10th Asian International Art Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum
Festival Istiqlal 2, Masjid Istiqlal, Jakarta
Al Fann: Contemporary Art From Islamic & Islam Influenced Countries, Packhof, Hann. Munden, Germany

1995
Her Presence in Colour, Penang State Art Gallery

1996
Three Vibrations, Art Folio, Kuala Lumpur
Modernity and Beyond: Themes in South East Asian Art, Singapore Art Museum
Rupa Kata, Pekan Seni Ipoh, Perak
Risalah Dari Malaysia, Stadthalle Forum, Germering, Germany

1997
Risalah Dari Malaysia, International Portrait Gallery Tuzla; Dom Armije Sarajevo Bosnia; Museum of Contemporary Art,Dubrovnik, Croatia and Gallery Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Asia Artists’ Group, Art Folio, Kuala Lumpur
Alam Seni & Perjalanan, Pekan Seni Ipoh, Perak
Liberte Art Collection, Palais Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland

1998
Rupa Malaysia: A Decade of Art, Brunei Gallery , London
Malaysian Group Art Exhibition, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Art for Nature, NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Secawan Kopi, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur
Miniaturization, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur
Ariane Essor “ Ocean “ , Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

1999
Commemorative Joint Art Exhibition Malaysia/China, Daiichi Modern Art Gallery, Sungai Petani, Kedah
Ariane Essor “ Ocean and Other Images “ , Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Light and Reflections, Atrium Gallery, London
Young Contemporaries in Review: 1974 – 1997, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2000
Aspirasi 2000, Langkawi, Kedah
Art Folio Charity Show, Art Folio, Kuala Lumpur
Light and Reflections, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur
Lanskap ke Lanskap, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Suara Hati, THB Satu, Kuala Lumpur
Rupa Malaysia, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2002
Gerak Rasa, National Museum, Kuala Lumpur
Women & Art: A Global Perspective, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE
The Three Vibrations: Form, Colour and Line, Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, Kuala Lumpur
Singapore Modern Art in the 70s, Singapore Art Museum
Second Biennial of Contemporary Painting of the Islamic World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

2002/03
Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World, Porte d’Ambois Medieval City, Rhodes; Benaki Museum, Athens; UNESCO Paris

2003
Celebrate Six Malaysian Artists, NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Her Presence in Colours VI, Women’ Art in Asia: Sense & Serenity Universiti Sains Malaysia; Wisma Kebudayaan SGM Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia and Thailand Art Exhibition, Wisma Kebudayaan SGM; Echo Art Gallery Bangkok

2004
Petronas Art Collection Series 1, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Breaking the Veils: Women Artist from the Islamic World, Museum of Fine Arts , Valencia; Edificio Varadero Recinto Portuario, Almeria; Fundacion Tres Culturas, Seville Spain; Royal Palace, Naples; S. Francisco della Scarpa, Lecce, Italy; Abbaye de Neumunster; Centre Culturel de Recontre, Luxenburg; Vittoriano Complex Rome, Italy
Drawings and Prints, TJ Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur
Continuities: Contemporary Art of Malaysia At The Turn Of The 21st. Century, Guangdong Museum of Art, China

2005
Small Works, TJ Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur
Breaking the Veils: Women Artists of the Islamic World, Centro Cultural Circulo del Arte, Barcelona, Spain
Kuala Lumpur International Photography Bienale, Art Space Gallery Kuala Lumpur

2006
10 years on , NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Holding Up Half The Sky, National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
• Museum of Modern Art New York
• National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur
• National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman Jordan
• Singapore Art Museum
• Brunei Museum
• Museum of Contemporary Art, Dubrovnik, Croatia
• Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
• Cultural Foundation Abu Dhabi, UAE
• Liberte Art Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
• Kedah State Art Gallery, Alor Star, Kedah
• Penang State Gallery & Museum
• University of Science Gallery, Pulau Pinang
• Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur
• Wisma SGM, Kuala Lumpur
• Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage, Kuala Lumpur
• Prime Minister’s Department
• Bank Negara Malaysia
• Bank Bumiputra Kuala Lumpur
• Bank Industri Kuala Lumpur
• Bank Kemajuan Kuala Lumpur
• Bank of America Kuala Lumpur
• Allied Bank Kuala Lumpur
• Arab Malaysian Development Bank Kuala Lumpur
• Chase Manhatten Bank Kuala Lumpur
• Chung Khiaw Bank Kuala Lumpur
• Deutchebank Kuala Lumpur
• Hong Leong Bank Kuala Lumpur
• Industrial Bank of Japan Kuala Lumpur
• Malayan Banking Kuala Lumpur
• Mitsubishi Bank Kuala Lumpur
• Oriental Bank Kuala Lumpur
• Thai Farmers Bank Bangkok
• United Overseas Bank Singapore
• Petronas Art Collection Kuala Lumpur
• Shell Companies in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
• Esso Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
• Mobil Oil Kuala Lumpur
• Iron and Steel Mill Company Singapore
• MAS Golden Lounge Changi Airport Singapore
• MAS Headquarters Kuala Lumpur
• Phillip Morris Malaysia, Seremban
• Island & Peninsular Kuala Lumpur
• Cold Storage Kuala Lumpur
• Bedford Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
• Arcoza Holdings Kuala Lumpur
• Sime Leasing Kuala Lumpur
• Hazama Corporartion Kuala Lumpur
• Dawn Tree Properties Kuala Lumpur
• Wembley Industries Holdings Kuala Lumpur
• Royal Pahang Polo Club Kuantan
• Kelab Darul Ehsan Kuala Lumpur
• Nik Hussein & Partners Kuala Lumpur
• Multiart & Graphics Kuala Lumpur
• Kadir, Tan & Ramli, Kuala Lumpur
• Zain & Co, Kuala Lumpur
• Ruslan Khalid Associates Kuala Lumpur
• Johan Design Kuala Lumpur
• Weststar Sdn Bhd Kuala Lumpur


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (appointments , conferences , meetings )

Nov. 1981
Working Meeting of Photographic Documentation of Traditional Architecture in South-East Asia, Institute of South-East Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

1981
Curator, Exhibition of the Life and Works of Ibnu Sina (Symposium Ibnu Sina ) University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur
Curator, Exhibition of Islamic Calligraphy, University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur

1982
External Examiner, Department of Fine Art, MARA Institute of Technology Shah Alam
Judge – “Landscape Malaysia” Competition organized by Dunlop Malaysia
Judge – Art Competition, Sarawak Arts Council
Coordinator- Exhibition of Paintings “Sericipta Putri Malaysia” By Malaysian Women Artists, Kuala Lumpur

May 1983
ASEAN Exchange of Museum Curators of Art. Travelled to Singapore, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta

1984
Judge – Children’s Art Competition, National Library Kuala Lumpur

July 1984
Liason Officer – Third International Seminar on Islamic Thought Organized by the Ministry of Culture Malaysia and International Institute of Islamic Thought

Sept. 1984
Delegate- 3rd ASEAN Sculpture Symposium Meeting of Organisers,Jakarta

June 1985
Delegate- 2nd Asian Art Show, Meeting of Organisers, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan

Sept. 1985
Delegate-4th ASEAN Sculpture Symposium Meeting of Organisers Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei

Oct. 1985
Delegate- 1st Meeting of ASEAN Committee on Culture & Information, Working Group Visual & Performing Arts Manila

1985
Judge – PNB Art Competition Kuala Lumpur
Advisory Committee Purchasing & Acquisition Pusat Islam Prime Minister’s Department Kuala Lumpur

1985-86
Panel Jury Malaysian Book Award, Ministry of Education Kuala Lumpur

1986
Selection Panel, Candidates for Art Scholarships, Malaysian Institute of Art Kuala Lumpur

July 1986
Delegate- 14th. Meeting ASEAN Committee on Culture & Information, Chiengmai Thailand

1987
Participant – Asian Arts Festival Bali

June 1987
Delegate- 15th. Meeting ASEAN Committee on Culture & Information, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Oct.-Dec.1987
Short course in Museum Management, City University, London

March 1988
Delegate- 16th. Meeting ASEAN Committee on Culture & Information Genting Highlands

June 1988
Leader of the Malaysian artists group visiting Los Angeles,USA
Presented paper on “Western Influences in Contemporary Malaysian Art”, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

Oct. 1988
Represented Malaysia at the Baghdad Arts Festival, Iraq

Nov. 1988
Delegate- ASEAN Travelling Exhibition of Painting, Photography & Children’s Art, Jakarta
Delegate- 4th. Working Group Meeting on Visual & Performing Arts ASEAN Committee on Culture & Information, Singapore

Jan.1989
Delegate- 18th. Meeting ASEAN Committee on Culture & Information, Baguio, the Philippines

June 1989
Delegate-19th. Meeting ASEAN Committee on Culture & Information, Bangkok

Aug 1989
Delegate- Preparatory Meeting First ASEAN Symposium on Aesthetics, Workshop & Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur

Nov.1989
Coordinator – First ASEAN Symposium on Aesthetics, Workshop & Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur

Aug. 1990
Coordinator- Art Exhibtion ‘Women & Creativity’ organized by National Council of Women Organisation(NCWO)Malaysia at Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka Kuala Lumpur

Aug. 1991
Coordinator- “Muhibah Seni Rupa – Bandung~Kuala Lumpur” Braga Art Gallery & Decenta Gallery Bandung

Oct. 1991
Organising Committee Malaysia’s participation at Festival Istiqlal, Jakarta

May 1992
Coordinator- “ Risalah Dari Malaysia “ Jordan National Gallery Of Fine Arts Amman Jordan

Nov. 1992
Coordinator- Malaysia’s participation in the Biennale of Visual Arts, Seychelles at Carnegie Museum, Victoria

June 1993
Coordinated Prof. Dr Syed Hoessein Nasr & Dr Osman Bakar’s visit/lectures in Jakarta, Bandung, Jogjakarta and Bali

May 1994
Attended the opening ceremony of “Getaran Jiwa”: Contemporary Paintings of Malaysia at the Museum of Anthropology Madrid

Aug. 1994
Curated “ Menusuk Kalbu Melalui Seni” an exhibition of paintings by 13 Malaysian women artists at Galeri PETRONAS

Aug. 1995
Coordinator- Malaysia’s participation in “Al Fann: Contemporary Art From Islamic & Islam Influenced Countries” at Hann.Munden Germany.
Nov. 1996
Raised funds for “Risalah Dari Malaysia” art exhibition held at Forum Stadhalle, Germering Germany

May 1997
Coordinated Malaysia’s participation in exhibition “Inside: Encountering The Others” organized by Project-Gruppe Stoffwechsel University of Kassel Germany

June 1997
Attended “Risalah Dari Malaysia” art exhibition at Museum of Modern Art Dubrobnic, Croatia

Jan. 1999
Coordinator for International Art Exhibition “ Ariane Essor: Ocean and Other Images “ held at Galeri PETRONAS Kuala Lumpur

March 2002
Coordinator Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture & Print by Graduates of MARA University of Technology at National Museum Kuala Lumpur

Dec. 2002
Attended the opening ceremony of 2nd. Biennial of Contemporary Painting of the Islamic World, Museum of Contemporary Art,Tehran, Iran

Feb. 2006
Coordinator for exhibition “ Muhibah Seni Rupa: Malaysia~Jordan” held at Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor

April 2006
Judge Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition 33, Bahrain National Museum, Manama