NN Gallery is proud to present a group exhibition entitled “ The Painted Garden” by Rafiah Eusoff, Margaret Fredrickson, Azman Hilmi, Norleen Nosri , Gerald Takawira and Michael Tan from Wednesday 10th March till 30th March 2004. This exhibition will showcase recent works in various disciplines such as paintings in oils and watercolours, photography and mixed media work.
The Painted Garden is a thematic exhibition that will celebrate the splendour and life in both urban and rural landscapes as well as objet d’arts for the garden. Curated by Syed Nabil, the exhibition promises to show glimpses of the abundant forms of life and colour found close to our natural habitat.
Michael Tan works and paints in Johor and exhibits mostly in Singapore. His return to the Malaysian art scene sees his continued statements on life in rural Malaysia. His depictions are often captured through openings of windows and doors where he views the simplistic and mundane chores of everyday life, such as women washing clothes, or the return home after a day of harvesting, as the most cherished moments.
Margaret Fredrickson, Australian born, an artist and a tutor in fine arts first came to Malaysia to present a workshop at the National Art Gallery in 2001. She has exhibited extensively in her home country as well as throughout China where she spent her time taking in her mystical landscapes Recently her travels took her to Italy where her romantic journey of painted landscapes continues.
Azman Hilmi is one of Malaysia’s up and coming young artists. Azman’s canvases are bursting with vivid, often flourescent colours that are free and energetic. With a Bachelor of Arts from MARA and a Diploma in Art Education Azman Hilmi’s has amassed numerous awards in major competitions.
Rafiah Eusoff is a burgeoning new talent in the photographic world. Working in both black and white and colour, her subject matter is of local flaura and fauna with a definite preoccupation with lotuses. Her debut in this group exhibition will feature enchanting images of lotuses captured during differing stages of bloom.
Norleen Nosri is a young Malaysian potter based in Colombia, Missouri, United States where she teaches ceramics (at Access Art School of Service) to children. Her organic shapes are inspired from human forms. In her Opera series, such as Tenor and Alto, one sees beautiful renderings of glazes, combining metallic and natural matt glazes. Her works are highly textural.
Gerald Takawira is a prominent Shona Art sculptor from Zimbabwe. Recently he was commissioned to do a monumental sculpture for the Perdana Gallery, Langkawi in honour of Tun Mahathir, our fourth Prime Minister. Shona is the type of stone found millions of years ago with natural copper and iron ores which gives it its unique colour and patina. Gerald’s abstract renderings are intrinsically human and tactile.