View In Room
View In Room
Oil, metallic and lacquer on canvas
Dimensions: 200cm (H) x 180cm (W) / 78.7" (H) x 70.9" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Every day in our lives, I am sure we have encountered images or smells that remind us of the past. As a boy who grew up in a small village, the dark often brings me to the times when we had electric disruption because of the fallen trees. My parents would take candles for me and my siblings to gather together around a circle, then my father would spend the whole night telling us interesting stories. The dark elements incorporated in this artwork does not reflect disappointment nor dullness of life. It represents the coming of light - hope.
The smell of paints reminds me of the time when I had to paint cars during my semester break to make ends meet. It was certainly not easy for me then too, but working on this piece, I came to a realisation that this too shall pass. This challenging times will be a memory for us one day, teaching us to appreciate things surrounding us during the pandemic war.
Those are the things that drove my inspiration in this art-making process - it allows me to store my memories in the canvas. I first started by going deeper into understanding the characters the materials used which are canvas. For many artists, the canvas is a surface for them to paint but I use it as my main medium to showcase its versatile character.
The canvas is crumpled before the paintings process, creating wrinkle marks which present memories and age. Some are like scars while some might be beautiful memories that we wish to cherish. Good or bad, over time it teaches us to be thankful for life.
Later on, I will reconstruct the paintings to the pattern that I want in order to hide some information or memories that we do not wish to remember. This is like an act of a person who chooses to cover their scars with tattoos or those that redesign their tattoos as their previous shape were no longer relevant.
I hope that people can relate to this series of artworks with their memories and to reflect on the fight for the pandemic once the world is healing. As the saying goes “stories end but memories last forever.”
Artwork size without frame: 200 x 180 cm
Artwork size with frame: 204 x 184 cm
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Based in: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Faizal Yunus (b.1989, Malaysia) is a Malaysian based artist who works mainly in printmaking, painting and installation. He graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mara University of Technology (UiTM) in 2012 with a major in printmaking. Faizal has been drawn towards nature as he grew up in such a surrounding that has helped him nurture a unique imagination and interpretation of the greenery around him. Autonomy has driven him to believe that the egalitarian society is a vital key to which he adapts the banal practices of everyday life into his art-making-process.
For his first solo exhibition Matrix (2016), he began looking at his daily life for inspiration as he sought to break free from the limitations of the common art materials. Vortex (2018), revolved around his journey to find different perspectives on causes that pushed him to his decision making, it serves as his poetic statement on the current state of pollution that surrounds us and the human role of undoing the beauty within our landscape.
His awards include MEAA 2019 (Malaysian Emerging Artists Award), organized by HOM & Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur. He was also awarded the Resident artist of 2018 in Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Malaysia. Selected exhibitions include Malaysian Art, A New Perspective, (2017), Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and S.E.A. FOCUS, (2020) Gillman Barracks, Singapore.
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