Sabri Idrus

BORN: 1971 in Kedah, Malaysia

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Sabri Idrus is a visionary young contemporary artist, recognized as one of the country’s important emerging artists. His art aims at liberating what he sees as the socio-cultural dogma in the visual language of Malaysian art. He combines painting with graphic design and industrial materials, an attempt to reinvent new forms, symbolisms, and visual language.

Sabri is a versatile artist whose portfolio of works includes not only paintings, but also graphic design, multimedia and video, publications, plus sculptures and installations. He recently had a successful exhibition held at the renowned Saatchi Gallery in London, under the curated section of the inaugural Start Art Fair 2014.

The art piece on exhibit for the Singapore Art Fair 2014 was originally featured in the artist’s 2012 solo exhibition “Antara”. It is a study of lines, surface and form, devoid of specific narrative but instead conveys the materiality of the work itself; the material in itself transforms to become the content.



2013 – 2014 Artist in Residence, Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Selangor, Malaysia
2013 Artist Residency at University of Technology and Life Sciences (Uniwersytet Technologiczno-Przyrodniczy – the UTP), Bydgoszcz, Poland. The residency ended with a year-long travelling exhibition throughout Poland including major cities Poznan and Warsaw.
2011 UOB Art Award – Special Mention Award
2010 Artist in Residence, Bandung, Indonesia
2009 Artist in Residence, Poland
2004 BMS/04 (Bakat Muda Sezaman 2004), Young Contemporary Art Award – Minor for Painting


Solo Exhibitions

2012 Antara, Taksu Gallery, Singapore
2010 Muafakat: Space For The Public, Bandung, Indonesia
Masa Series: A Reduction Process, Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2008 MYDOMAIN, Ahmad Zakii Anwar’s Gallery At The Back Of The House, Johor, Malaysia
2006 Keroncong Series: A New Form Of Physical Listening, Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004 Bangau Oh Bangau, Balai Berita NST, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lorek-Lorek: The Creation Of Lines, Townhouse Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malay
1999 The Search Of The Uncertainties, The Painting Hall, Selangor, Malaysia


Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2014 START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
Prudential Malaysia Eye, White Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Disruptive Nature: 19th Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition, Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Selangor
2013 Water (A group exhibition by Sabri Idrus, Budi Agung Kuswara, Jigger Cruz & I Made Arya Palguna), Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2012 Sabri & Tony, Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Peninsular & Island, Taksu Gallery, Singapore
1 meter Diameter, House of Matahati, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2011 JAGA, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Figure in Paint, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Locals Only , Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
40 x 100, House of Matahati, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2010 Bakat Muda Sezaman (BMS/10), National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Antara Bahan Campuran, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Locals Only , Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Meter Perspective, House of Matahati, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia Boleh, Taksu Gallery, Singapore
A Tribute to Rauschenberg, Taksu Gallery, Singapore
2009 Himpunan Tetap, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia-Poland Cultural & Art Exchange, Pyzdry, Poland
Malaysia-Poland Cultural & Art Exchange, Lagow, Poland
Beyond Canvas, Wei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia-Poland Cultural & Art Exchange, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
2008 Susur Masa, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
18@8, Wei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2007 18@8, Wei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
50 Years Malaysia, International Islamic Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2006 Tabik (Salute) Jerry Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Investor, Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysian Expressions, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2005 18@8 , Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“In Print” Malaysia-British, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004 Bakat Muda Sezaman (BMS/04), National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2003 Philip Morris Malaysia Art Awards: ALAMI , National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2002 Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mac World, Singapore
2001 Phillip Morris Malaysia Art Awards, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2000 Bakat Muda Sezaman (BMS/00), National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1999 Phillip Morris Malaysia Art Awards, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1995 Phillip Morris Malaysia Art Awards, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
95’ PPM Annual Show, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Alternative Printmaking, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Urban Vision, Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1994 The Young Contemporary Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Group Show, Maybank Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Asian Art Workshop: BELUM, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Open Show, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
1993 Shah Alam Boat Show, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Earth Day Exhibition, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1992 Nature Art Camp, Bukit Cerakah, Selangor, Malaysia
Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1991 The Young Contemporary Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
One World No War Exhibition, City Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Question Of Identity, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Group Show, Isetan Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1990 Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Budi Ubrux

BORN: 1968 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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The artworks of Budi Ubrux are almost immediately recognizable. The figures in this realist painter’s works are almost always draped in newspaper, a style the artist has been doing since the late 1990s. His works are social commentaries of how our reality is shaped by what we read in the media, in particular newspapers. Our knowledge about the newsmakers are often purely from what we read, the real stories often obscured by the sensational headlines and sometimes juicy reporting.

The works of Budi Ubrux allude to the world of information technology, especially the mass media that often hides reality or even does away with it. Things ‘wrapped in paper’, which is a metaphor of untruthful news coverage, disappear in the text; the real issues are dissolved and hidden by the construction of polite and expert words until the facts are reduced to nothing.

(Suwarno Wisetrotomo, Modern Indonesian Art (2nd Ed.), Bali: Koes Artbooks, 2010, p. 324)

While the direct social commentary in most of his pieces may be uniquely Indonesian, the concept of media influence and obscuration is universal. The viewer is often left with ponderous questions about who/what these figures are, what they might be like, and the “reality” beyond the printed visage. The universality of the aesthetics in this artist’s works, coupled with his skillfully executed rendering of the newspaper shrouds covering his subjects, has made Budi Ubrux one of Asia’s rising stars whose works are much sought after.



2002 Indofood Art Award
2000 Grand Prize winner, Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2000 Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore


Solo Exhibitions

2012 Nggiring sapi neng PWI, Gedung PWI Yogyakarta
2010 Togetherness, Parco Sculpture Park Delchianti, Italy
2008 Beyond The Headlines, iPreciation, Singapore
2002 Transisi, Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2002 Ilusi Koran, Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia


Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2014 Membaca Pager Piring: Mengenang Romo Mangun, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
ARTJOG|14 – Legacies of Power, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Next Pics: The Series, Albert Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2013 ARTJOG|13 – Maritime Culture, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Batang Community Group Exhibition, Batang, Central Java, Indonesia
2012 Art Stage, Singapore
2011 Closing The Gap, MIFA Melbourne, Australia
Maximum City, Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia
2010 up, de Landtsheer Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Una Finestra Sul Mondo, Mycufortea Gallery, Rome, Italy
2009 Blindness and Insight, Vision from the East, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong
Yogya Biennale, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2007 TransposisiPainting Collection of Java, Jogjakarta Collectors, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
Taipei Art Fair, Taipei, Taiwan
2005 Equatorial Heat, Sichuan, China
Equatorial Heat, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Art For Aceh, Edwin Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
2004 BARCODE: Yogyakarta Arts Festival XVI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2003 Zaman Edan, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2002 Mata Hati Demokrasi, Taman Budaya Surakarta, Solo, Indonesia
Jula Juli, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Dimensi Raden Saleh, Semarang Gallery, Semarang, Indonesia
Re-Kreasi, Museum H. Widayat, Magelang, Indonesia
2001 Urip Mampir Ngombe, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2000 Philip Morris Indonesia Art Awards, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Philip Morris Indonesia Art Awards, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
To Russia With Art, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
1998 Philip Morris Indonesia Art Award, Agung Rai Art Museum, Bali, Indonesia
Jogjakarta Art Festival X, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Yellow Art, Zurich, Switzerland
1997 Jogjakarta Art Festival IX, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1996 Jogjakarta Art Festival VIII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1988 Final Task Exhibition, SMSR Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1987 Kelompok PANDAWA, Karta Pusaka Yogyakarta, Indonesia


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Born In Malaysia: A Photographer’s Journey

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When “Born in Malaysia” was used as the basis for a unity-themed exhibition earlier this year at Publika, Kuala Lumpur, it opened the book up to a wider audience. Part of the exhibition focused on the superb photography that played a major role in making the book the success it has been thus far.

In the month of November 2014, the photography aspect of the book is further expanded when Born In Malaysia: A Photographer’s Journey makes its way up to Penang for a month-long exhibition at Vic’s in ChinaHouse, George Town (one floor above The Canteen).

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Welcome to the revived Artemis Art website, recently down due to our moving the website  to a better hosting site. What you see here is the temporary look and feel of the website, while we continue doing some upgrade work.


As with any area undergoing construction, watch out for the debris as you navigate through the website, and your continued patience while we make improvements to the site is greatly appreciated.

3Gen: A Family Affair

It’s a well-known fact that certain traits and mannerisms are passed down from one generation to the next. But what about artistic talent?

3Gen: A Family Affair is a group exhibition that showcases the works of three artists from the same family, spanning three generations. Granted their styles are quite different, one does get a sense that perhaps artistic inclinations and talents does get transmitted from one generation to the next.

The exhibition starts on Thursday, October 16 and continues its run until November 3, 2014.

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New Indonesian Artworks

This year’s Art Expo Malaysia concluded over the last weekend. If you think you recognize these pieces from the art fair, you’d be absolutely right.

Artemis Art is happy to announce that for a limited time, these Indonesian artworks will be hosted at the gallery, and will be made available for sale. Many thanks to H. Galeri from Jakarta, with whom we’re cooperating to have these works stay on in Malaysia for a while longer.

Contact us should you be interested to have a viewing, either via e-mail, or by coming by the gallery. Our contact details may be found on our Feedback page.


That idea that humans are pattern seeking creatures is not a new one. How we make sense of what we see around us will differ from one individual to the next, and depends on many factors, such as the person’s cumulative life experiences, his or her emotional state, in other words, building blocks of a person’s internal cognitive mechanism.

The answer to the questions posed above will vary from one individual to the next, depending on how each person’s cognitive mechanism ticks.

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What does UNITY mean to you?

The Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition, a collaboration between Artemis Art and photographer Kenny Loh, is currently on at The Boulevard, Level G2 Publika Shopping Gallery, in Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

One of the interesting components of the exhibition is the Unity Wall, where visitors to the exhibition can scribble or draw their thoughts on Unity, and what it means to them. What we asked was a very simple:

The simple question we asked on the Unity Wall

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Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition

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When photographer Kenny Loh published Born In Malaysia last year, it was a culmination of three years’ worth of work documenting what is arguably a superb chronicle of the vast cultural diversity that has made this nation the envy of many.

The attention and traction the book has received since then, however, is something even Kenny never expected. Among other recognitions, the book was one of the Anugerah Buku Negara recipients late last year, presented by Yayasan Pembangunan Buku Negara (National Book Development Foundation).

Artemis Art got to see the completed book earlier this year. We had known about Kenny Loh and his Born In Malaysia book project as early as 2012 when the gallery first started. But it was only after the book’s publication that we really saw the full impact of what Kenny had accomplished. And we saw something else, as well.

If you’ve read Born In Malaysia you’ll agree that the book succinctly captures the essence of what this nation is about. Her rich diversity has been superbly captured in the images and stories contained within the book. What we also realized was that despite this nation’s vast diversity, another important commonality emerged – a very strong sense of belonging to this great nation.

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The “Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition” is aimed at fostering greater national unity through the promotion of two key ideas. First, that Malaysia’s cultural and social diversity is not a hindrance to national unity. We believe what makes this nation great is, in fact, her very rich diversity. Secondly, it is the notion that the true basis of national unity is a strong sense of belonging.

Both ideas are superbly captured by the book, which made it the natural source material for the exhibition. We think that no other book in recent memory has done quite as good a job as Born In Malaysia has in terms of promoting national unity.

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The Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition is scheduled to run for 10 days from August 23 until September 2, at the Main Concourse (Level G2), Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. The official launch will be held at 3pm on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Joining us for the launch will be representatives of Malaysians For Malaysia (M4M), an informal group of concerned citizens that has successfully organized events aimed at bringing together Malaysians of all cultures and faiths.

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In addition to the storyboards, selected prints from the original book, plus several new images inspired by it, will be on display at Artemis Art’s pop-up gallery, located at Lot 48, adjacent to where the main exhibition will be. Two audience-interactive boards will also be set up as part of the exhibition. One is a Unity Wall, on which visitors to the exhibition can write, in their own words, what “Unity” means to them. The other will be a Photo Scrapbook Wall on which visitors are encouraged to post their own photos depicting what being Malaysian is all about. On the exhibition launch day, Canon Malaysia will be on hand to print these images for the visitors.

The launch will also be your opportunity to meet with a few individuals featured in the book, including a group of children from Tras, a village in Pahang the majority of whose residents are Temuan. They will share insights about their stories as depicted in the book, as well as share what it means for them to be a proud citizen of this nation.

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The Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition is the first collaboration between Artemis Art and Kenny Loh, aimed at fostering a collective sense of belonging to Malaysia. Our combined effort, however, doesn’t end here. Two follow-up programs are in the works and will be announced during the official launch.

This nation certainly has come a long way since achieving independence in 1957 and becoming Malaysia in 1963. While there already is national unity to a great extent, there continue to be challenges. Unity is something that needs to be embraced by all, continuously nurtured and not just officially promoted by the powers that be.

Every individual has a role to play, and the Born In Malaysia Unity Exhibition is our modest contribution as a private initiative, towards the ideal of a national unity that continues to be strong, and one that becomes stronger in times to come, despite the many challenges that await us.

Celine Wong (Lihuà)

BORN: 1990 in Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia


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Profile-Pix-cropped-for-websiteCeline Wong, better known in the illustration world by her Chinese name Lihuà, is perhaps unique among the artists that we have worked with – she has had more of her artworks published, rather than exhibited.

In fact, one of her first artworks exhibited as part of an art exhibition was her “Index Fingers”, contributed to Artemis Art’s 50 Shades of Malaysia project in 2013. For the most part Celine’s art has been featured as magazine illustrations and fashion art.

Three of her artworks were selected to be part of SPONTANEOUS #1, the first exhibition by fledgling art collective CONJOIN, held at Publika in 2014.

What makes this young artist’s work unique is her incorporation of Chinese calligraphy, an artform she studied when she was much younger, with which he has accumulated about ten years’ worth of experience. For the art she has produced for publications, Celine usually does her artwork by hand, after which she scans them, and digitally adds finishing touches to her final works.

As an artist, Celine is fascinated by female curves and beautiful human features and gestures. Her incorporation of Chinese calligraphy techniques contributes an interesting dimension to her art, making the curves more fluid and alluring. In addition to using traditional Chinese ink in her art, watercolor also features strongly in her works.

At present, most of Celine’s works are fashion related, but based on her portfolio of works, she definitely has the potential to expand her repertoire.

Currently, Celine teaches at The One Academy in Bandar Sunway, the same institution where she studied and obtained her diploma in illustration.



Diploma in Illustration, The One Academy



2014 CONJOIN: SPONTANEOUS #1, Artemis Art @ Lot 48 Publika, Kuala Lumpur
2013 50 Shades of Malaysia“, Artemis Art / M50 Selamat Hari Malaysia Project, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
2012 Fashion Illustration, The One Academy , Petaling Jaya
2011 TOSCA Show, TOA Gallery, The One Academy , Petaling Jaya
Graduation Showcase, White Box MAPKL, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
2010 TOSCA Show, TOA Gallery, The One Academy , Petaling Jaya



2013 Love Moments 2013 Wedding Showcase, Female Magazine (January 2013 issue) & Glam Magazine (January 2013 issue)
Horoscope Feature, Female Magazine (January 2013 issue)
Chopard Jewelry Collection, Prestige Malaysia (February 2013 issue)



2014 iFeel magazine (July 2014 issue)
Feng magazine, (May 2014 issue)
One Coast magazine, (March 2014 issue)
2013 Get Personal” feature in The Star (R.AGE, May 31, 2013)
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Sketch a portrait of your wedding“, The Star (January 7, 2013)



2010 TOA Student Creative Awards (various awards during the year)
2009 The One Academy Student Award (Merit)
2007 MIA Nationwide Art & Design Competition (Consolation Prize)
2006 MIA Nationwide Art & Design Competition (Consolation Prize)

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